Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (lyrics & video)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and two videos of the civil rights song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" (Also given as "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round".)

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LYRICS: AIN'T GONNA LET NOBODY TURN ME 'ROUND
Aint gonna let nobody
Turn me 'round
Turn me 'round
Aint gonna let nobody
Turn me round
I'm gonna keep on walkin'
Keep on talkin
Marchin into freedom land

[Follow the above pattern for other verses such as:
Aint gonna let (add the name a prominent segregationist or a racist public figure).

Aint gonna let no jailhouse

Aint gonna let no policeman
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*Notice that the end of the first line allows for improvisation.

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GOSPEL SOURCE OF THIS SONG
The African American civil rights song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" is based on an African American Gospel song "Don't Let Nobody Turn Me Round". A version of that song was recorded in 1947.

The African American Civil Rights song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" is based on an African American Gospel song with the same title. In the Gospel song, the line "marchin in to freedom land" is sung "walkin into Glory land" or "walkin into heaven land".

Like other civil rights songs, the words to this song aren't fixed. However, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" was sung in unison which means that those singing it knew in advance which verses were to be sung, and in which order the verses were sung. In contrast, the earliest renditions of the Gospel song probably were sung using a call & response pattern.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/aint-gonna-let-nobody-turn-me-round.html for two videos of Gospel versions of "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Round" - one by The Fairfield Four from the 1980s and one sung by Albertina Walker. The Fairfield Four first recorded this song in 1947. I'm not sure about the recording date for that Albertina Walker video. But I think it was in the early 2000s.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their posting date on YouTube with the oldest dated video given first.

Example #1: Joan Baez -Marching up to freedom land

Mata Pöze, Uploaded on Aug 4, 2006

Joan baez singing acapella
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Example #2: Selma lord Selma-ain't gonna let nobody turn me around

0bigcat, Published on Mar 9, 2012
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selma,_Lord,_Selma
"Selma, Lord, Selma is a 1999 American film based on true events that happened in March 1965, known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The film tells the story through the eyes of an 11-year-old African American girl named Sheyann Webb (Jurnee Smollett). It premiered as a television movie on ABC on January 17, 1999.

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Example #3: The Freedom Singers Perform at the White House

infomisa, Published on Sep 16, 2012

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Example #4: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Justiciarodante, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Published on Apr 24, 2014

Music : "Ain' Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" by Sweet Honey In The Rock, James Horner

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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/06/aint-gonna-let-nobody-turn-me-round.html for additional videos of the civil rights song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around".

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2 comments:

  1. very pretty and useful. thank you so much :)

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  2. With the USA entering the Trump Era, we still need these songs and this attitude more than ever.
    So many of my friends are terrified. I am not. I have been fighting since the 1960s and only death will shut me up.
    Let's all sing together...
    We are not afraid
    We are not afraid
    We are not afraid TODAY...
    https://www.facebook.com/unattainablesky

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