Monday, February 2, 2015

Certainly Lord (Civil Rights Song Lyrics & Videos)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and videos of the civil rights song "Certainly Lord."

This civil rights song is based on the African American Gospel song with the same title, That song is also known as "Have You Got Good Religion". Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/02/have-you-got-good-religion-african.html for a post about that religious song.

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LYRICS: CERTAINLY LORD
Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Certainly, Certainly, Certainly Lord.

We'll march for our rights.
(Certainly, Lord.)
We'll march for our rights.
(Certainly, Lord.)
We'll march for our rights.
(Certainly, Lord.)
Certainly, Certainly, Certainly, Lord.

We'll go to jail.
(Certainly, Lord.)
We'll go to jail.
(Certainly, Lord.)
We'll go to jail.
(Certainly, Lord.)
Certainly, Certainly, Certainly, Lord.

Jail over bail.*
(Certainly, Lord)
Jail over bail.
(Certainly, Lord.)
Jail over bail.
(Certainly, Lord.)
Certainly, Certainly, Certainly, Lord.

Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Do you want your freedom?
(Certainly, Lord.)
Certainly, Certainly, Certainly Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord.
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord.

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* "Jail over bail" means that the person arrested chooses to remain in jail rather than have his or her bail paid and be released from jail. This strategy draws media attention to the cause being protested.

This is my recollection of this song. It is sung using a call & response pattern. The soloist asks the initial question, the rest the choir or congregation sing "Certainly, Lord", and the soloist and the choir/congregation sing "Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord".

Like other African American Civil Rights songs of the 1960s, the words of this song were changed and can still be changed. Read another version of these lyrics below.

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Update Feb 6, 2017

The civil rights version of this song appears to no longer be available. Here's the transcription of the sound file that was published by goblinpug, Uploaded on Apr 10, 2010

from Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement Part 2: Ensembles
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Here is my transcription of those lyrics. Additions and corrections Have you been to the jail? (Certainly Lord) Have you been to the jail? (Certainly Lord) Have you been to the jail? (Certainly Lord) Certainly, Certainly, Certainly Lord
[Sing in the same pattern]
Well, did you do your thirty days?

Well, did you do your time?

Well, would you go back again?

Oh, will you fight for freedom?

Oh, will you tell it to the world?

Oh, will you tell it to the judge?

[after the last verse] Certainly, Certainly, Certainly Lord
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord.
Certainly, certainly, certainly Lord.

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Oh Freedom (Civil Rights Song Lyrics & Videos)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and videos of the civil rights song "Oh Freedom"

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LYRICS: OH FREEDOM [civil rights song]
Oh-o freedom
Oh-o freedom
Oh freedom over me,
(Over me.)
And before I be a slave
I'll be buried in my grave.
And go home to my Lord and be free.
(and be free.)

No segregation
No segregation
No more segregation
Over me
(Over me)
And before I be a slave
I'll be buried in my grave.
And go home to my Lord and be free.
(and be free.)

No more weepin
No more weepin
No more weepin
Over me
(Over me)
And before I be a slave
I'll be buried in my grave.
And go home to my Lord and be free.
(and be free.)

[Continue in that pattern and end with the first verse.]

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Example #1: Joan Baez - Oh, Freedom (Live 1966)

ClarenceOlsen1, Uploaded on Dec 9, 2007

Life without freedom is not life.

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Example #2: Oh Freedom!

swflprof, Uploaded on May 2, 2008

A Negro Spiritual with pictures from the Library of Congress and National Archives. I decided on this Spiritual after researching the National Archives for photographs of Slavery. This is a topic I felt should not be ignored, nor exploited, rather remembered lest we repeat history.
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Since the referent for Black Americans was changed from "Negro" to "African Americans" by at least the early 1970s, I prefer to use the phrase "African American spirituals".

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Example #3: Oh Freedom! - The Golden Gospel Singers (Lyrics in Description)

Mackenzie's YouTube, Published on Dec 12, 2013

One of the best Civil Rights songs
Featured recently in an episode of American Horror Story: Coven
[The lyrics given in the summary are very similar to those given above.]

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"We Shall Not Be Moved" (lyrics, videos, and comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post provides lyrics and a video of the civil rights song "We Shall Not Be Moved".

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LYRICS: WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED (Civil Rights Song)
We shall not, we shall not be moved
(shall not be)
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

We're fighting for our rights (and)
We shall not be moved
(Shall not be)
We're fighting for our rights (and)
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

We shall all be free (and)
We shall not be moved
(Shall not be)
We shall all be free (and)
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

God is on our side (and)
We shall not be moved
(Shall not be)
God is on our side (and)
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

Black and White together
We shall not be moved
(Shall not be)
Black and White together
We shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

We shall not, we shall not be moved
(Shall not be)
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.
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This civil rights song is adapted from a union motivational song:
"We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We'll building a mighty union,
We shall not be moved"
-Online source: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/7840/song6.htm

The union song "We Shall Not Be Moved" is adapted from the African American Gospel song "I Shall Not Be Moved".

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These examples are posted in chronological order based on their publishing date with the oldest examples presented first

Example #1: Easternnaires and Sis. Walker I Shall Not Be Moved [Gospel]


pkteemax Uploaded on Aug 10, 2008

Easternnaires and Sis. Walker singing I Shall Not Be Moved at end of year concert

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Example #2: Mary Mary "We Shall Not Be Moved" from The Soundtrack For A Revolution [1960s civil rights song]

vicariousmusic, Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012

On February 14th, the soundtrack to the film Soundtrack For a Revolution will be released. It features contemporary artists singing traditional Civil Rights-era freedom songs.

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Example #3: Mavis Staples - We Shall Not Be Moved [union song]

Echoes of a Friend, Published on Mar 31, 2014

Album "We'll Never Turn Back" (2007)

Echoes of a Friend
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Notice the words in the second verse "The union is behind us".

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Example #4: We Shall Not Be Moved | Tillis 15 [contemporary civil rights protest song]

NC Forward Together Moral Movement Channel Published on May 27, 2014

May 27th, 2014 - After North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis refuses to meet with North Carolinians, a sit-in turns into a church service where the protestors state why, despite being ignored by their Representative, they shall not be moved.

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