Covered by Billy Bragg, Dick Gaughan, and many others, “The World Turned Upside Down” is the tale of the diggers (people who cultivated common land) and the repression they faced hundreds of years ago.
The World Turned Upside Down
To St. George’s Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people’s will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs
In the film clip below, you can see rare concert footage of The World Turned Upside Down songwriter Leon Rosselson, recorded in Edinburgh in October 2007. He provides some history of the events described in the song.