Singing Liberally: Caroling Against Unemployment

By AMANDA KOPPELMAN MILSTEIN, former Living Liberally Intern

A version of this post was seen on Jewschool

While writing cover letters to try and end my five-month long spell of unemployment, I was also reading a book that discussed Depression-era unemployment protests, which were apparently pretty kickin' and often involved singing. Since I enjoy writing rhyming songs, I thought it would be fun to sing songs about unemployment rates, my belief that we need more government investment to create jobs, and extending unemployment benefits, to the tune of Christmas and Hannukah songs.

On Sunday December 5th, I am gathering with other people who enjoy singing and hate high unemployment rates on the sidewalk in front of the White House (Pennsylvania Avenue between East and West Executive Avenues) between 3 and 4 (and rehearsing at 2) to sing about our desire for more employment. If you are interested in joining me in trying to increase awareness of unemployment and sing antiunemployment carols, please RSVP here or contact me at [email protected]

And to get you excited (or not, depending on how much you enjoy hard to parse lyrics--Drinking Liberally might be helpful at this point) here are two sample songs:

To the Tune of Jingle Bells , will the profound lyrics taken from FDR

Jobs for all, Jobs for all!
Unemployment has to go!
Give us a jobless recovery, we'll put you in the snow.

No country however rich
Can afford the waste
Of its human resources!
Demoralization
Caused by vast unemployment
Is our greatest extravagance.
Morally it is
The greatest Menace to our Social Order

Jobs for all, Jobs for all!
Unemployment has to go!
Give us a jobless recovery, we'll put you in the snow!

To the tune of I Have a Little Dreidel

We had an economy with more jobs
Some provided good fair pay
Oh jobs, jobs jobs
Why did 8.2 million of you go away?
Oh jobs jobs jobs
We miss you here this day
Oh jobs jobs jobs
Come back to us today