Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Freedom Over Me

Each memory triggers a dozen more...

"Oh, Freedom" is one of the songs we sang to get our spirits up before we went marching, that and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," and "We Shall Overcome," both of which I take it people still know better than this one. We sang this the way this choir does, jazzed up, but I've found as well a most beautiful, slow rendition by Joan Baez. (Anybody still know who I'm talking about? She was one of your parents' favorite singers if they were hippies or flower children or any kind of political dissident.)

Oh! And then there was, "Certainly, Lord!" but in a special civil rights version:

Will you march for your freedom?
Certainly, Lord!
Will you live for your freedom?
Certainly, Lord!
Will you die for your freedom?
Certainly, certainly, certainly, Lord!