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Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers

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Title

Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers

Description

They say that freedom is a constant struggle

They say that freedom is a constant struggle

They say that freedom is a constant struggle

Oh Lord, we've struggled so long

We must be free, we must be free

They say that freedom is a constant crying

They say that freedom is a constant crying

They say that freedom is a constant crying

Oh Lord, we've cried so long

We must be free, we must be free

They say that freedom is a constant sorrow

They say that freedom is a constant sorrow

They say that freedom is a constant sorrow

Oh Lord, we've sorrowed so long

We must be free, we must be free

They say that freedom is a constant moaning

They say that freedom is a constant moaning

They say that freedom is a constant moaning

Oh Lord, we've moaned so long

We must be free, we must be free

They say that freedom is a constant dying

They say that freedom is a constant dying

They say that freedom is a constant dying

Oh Lord, we've died so long

We must be free, we must be free

The lyrics to this song fully capture the tone of the Civil RIghts Era. The lyrics are sung in a painful and mellow tone, resembling the "Constant Struggle" that African Americans at the time, were experiencing. It had much meaning to the lives of many Black folk in the Civil Rights Era, for encapturing the exact emotion that was affiliated with the movement. Cries for help, cries for unity and cries for equality were shown by the saddening, but driving lyrics. The voice of the woman singing in the first portion of the song resembled a mother nurturing her children, along with a caring and soothing voice. A very important role for African American women in the Civil Rights Movement, alongside the African American men by being supportive, nurturing as well as symbol for hope.

Source

12/33 Folkways FA 2468

Contributor

Sage Rozzel

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Still Image

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image/jpeg

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MLA Citation

“Barbara Dane and the Chambers Brothers,” Student Digital Gallery, accessed January 27, 2022, https://digitalgallery.bgsu.edu/student/items/show/9191.