"Shame on the Boss!" (UFCW Strike in Greenfield, MA)

This performance took place in front of the Greenfield Stop and Shop on April 13, 2019.

Come every good worker and listen to me.
Shame on the company!
Join up in our strike if you want to be free.
Shame on the company!
Please honor our picket line, don’t try to cross.
Shame on the company!
Sing up with the union and down on the boss.
Shame on the company!

Shame on the, Shame on the, Shame on the boss.
Shame on the, Shame on the, Shame on the boss.
Shame on the boss, Shame on the boss,
Shame on the company!


The boss is a liar, a snake, and a crook.
Shame on the company!
He mistreats the workers and doctors the books.
Shame on the company!
His head’s made of sand and his heart’s made of stone.
Shame on the company!
He keeps all the bread and he throws us a bone.
Shame on the company!


The boss is determined to bust up our strike.
Shame on the company!
We’re not going back ‘til we get what we like.
Shame on the company!
Our jobs and our livelihoods we will defend.
Shame on the company!
The union is going to win in the end.
Shame on the company!


Find Lyrics to more songs of solidarity with Stop and Shop Workers:

  • Parody Lyrics by Paul Mckenna
  • To the tune of “Vive L’Amour (Vive La Companie)”
  • Ben Grosscup
    Key Cast
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    Music Video
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    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2019
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Director Biography

BEN GROSSCUP leads songs on picket lines and at union meetings to agitate for workers’ power on the job. Drawing upon activist folk singing traditions, he brings new songs to the places where they are most relevant. He works with unions and other social justice organizations to raise political consciousness while singing together for a common purpose. The unions he has sung for include: Massachusetts Nurses Association; Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals; United Nurses and Allied Professionals; New York State Nurses Association; Massachusetts Teachers Association; United Food and Commercial Workers, Locals 1459 abnd 919; and SEIU Local 509. He performs a wide range of politically inspired music—much of it original. He is working on his debut CD release.
Based in Greenfield, MA, Ben serves as Executive Director of People’s Music Network (www.peoplesmusic.org), a diverse community of singers, artists, activists and allies that cultivates music and cultural work as catalysts for a just and peaceful world.

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Director Statement

I write and adapt songs and lead them on picket lines to give workers a chance to experience the power of group singing for building union and community solidarity.
Much of my work as a picket line song leader has been with nurses unions. Nurses already know about systemic staffing and safety problems at hospitals from their daily experience, but they rarely hear a song that directly addresses those problems. So I bring it to them in the moments where they are mobilized in collective action.
Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger, Charlie King, Anne Feeney and others are among the activist folksingers who developed the tradition I follow in. It is a tradition where workers sing together to amplify their political and economic power.