Saturday, November 29, 2014

Free At Last (Line From This Spiritual in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's I Have A Dream Speech)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and a video of the African American Spiritual "Free At Last". Although "Free At Last" may not actually be a civil rights song, its use of the word "freedom" means that it probably was sung by civil rights demonstrators. Also, a line from that Spiritual was quoted at the end of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' now famous "I Have A Dream speech during the 1963 March on Washington.

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LYRICS: FREE AT LAST
(composer unknown)

Chorus:
Free at last. Free at last
I thank God I'm free at last
Free at last- free at last
I thank God I'm free at last!

Way down yonder in the graveyard walk,
(I thank God I'm free at last)
Me an' my Jesus gonna meet and talk.
(I thank God I'm free at last)

Free at last. Free at last
Oh, I thank God I'm free at last!

On my knees when the light passed by
(I thank God I'm free at last)
Thought my soul would rise and fly
I thank God I'm free at last.

Free at last. Free at last
I thank God I'm free at last!

Some of these mornings, bright and fair
I thank God I'm free at last
Gonna meet King Jesus in the air
I thank God I'm free at last.

Free at last. Free at last
I thank God I'm free at last.

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FEATURED VIDEOS

Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last . billyphilly14, Published on Dec 14, 2012

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Blind Boys Of Alabama's new video 'Free at Last'>[?

TheGigante, Uploaded on Dec 18, 2007

They may be from Alabama but they've been spending time in the Crescent City. Four-time Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama's new album'Down In New Orleans,' their first in three years, will be released January 29, 2008 on the Time Life Music label. Recording for the first time in New Orleans, The Blind Boys are backed here by a trio of world-class New Orleans musicians: David Torkanowsky (piano), Roland Guerin (bass) and Shannon Powell (drums). Other guests include legendary pianist/producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the horn-heavy Hot 8 Brass Band, one of the city's most vital young acts. But the band's deeply soulful and natural voices remain in the spotlight on 'Down In Orleans.' After performing together for over six decades, The Blind Boys of Alabama have enjoyed one of the more striking comebacks in recent memory. Their last several albums have earned these hipster septuagenarians the best reviews and record sales of their career, four Grammy Awards in a four year span, and a completely new, contemporary audience

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