Pride: Beautiful Song About Oppression and the Undying Human Spirit

The back drop is a mining village in Wales in the year 1984.This movie is the story about a  unique alliance between gay and lesbian activists and a mining community on a lengthy strike and their    fight against oppression and prejudice of the Thatcher government, police and orthodox society. This movie is loosely based on real life event.

There is a very moving song in the movie : at a community gathering of miners and their families titled’ Bread and Roses’, taken from a poem with similar title by James Oppenheim.

Its lyrics are as follows:

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Incidentally, the leading female Welsh singer, Bronwen who sang this song was actually rejected by the judges of the popular music reality show, ‘The Voice’, UK, but she found well deserved fame in this film.


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