“We want more schoolhouses and less jails,
1893 Samuel Gompers, President, American Federation of Labor
The Eight Hour Day Song
First published by the the ‘Labor Standard’ in Patterson N.J.
We want to feel the sunshine
and we want to smell the flowers.
We are sure that God has willed it
and we mean to have eight hours.
We’re summoning our forces
from the shipyards, shop and mill.
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest
and eight hours for what we will.