Civil Rights Lyrics

Here is an update of some Civil Rights Lyrics from the Civil Rights Song's page that lends themselves to "The Movement".

1."When will we be paid 4 the work we've done"
2. "I Shall Not Be Moved"
3. "Blowing in The Wind"
4. "Going Down to Mississippi"
5. "THE GOSPEL TRAIN"
6. "If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus"
7. "I'm Gonna Sit At The Welcome Table"
8. "I'm On My Way"
9. "Lift Every Voice And Sing"
10."This Little Light Of Mine"




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{Note}
I have up-dated this page as of 2009. There has been 5 more Civil Rights Lyrics added.




Civil Rights Lyrics
"When will we be paid 4 the work we've done"

CHORUS:
When will we be paid 4 the work we've done
When will we be paid 4 the work we've done

We fought in your wars in every land
2 keep this country free, y'all, 4 women, children and men
But every time we ask 4 pay or a loan
That's when everything seems 2 turn out wrong
We been beat up, called names, shot down and stoned
Every time we do right, somebody say we're wrong

Tell me..
.

CHORUS

Listen...
We worked this country (Say it!) from shore 2 shore (Well)
Our women cooked all your food (Food) and washed all your clothes
We picked cotton and laid the railroad steel (Said we laid it)
Worked our hands down 2 the bone at your lumber mill
(At your lumber mill)

Tell me...

CHORUS

Will we ever be proud of "My country, tis of thee"?
Will we ever sing out loud, "Sweet land of Liberty"?
When will we be paid (Tell us) 4 the work we've done? (Well?)
I wanna know {x2}
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna know (When, when, when, when)

(CHORUS) {x2}
Why can't we be paid?
Oh, oh when, when will we be paid?
We've given up our sweat, now, and all of our tears
Stumbled through this life 4 more than 300 years
I, I wanna know, the work we've done




Civil Rights Lyrics
"I Shall Not Be Moved"

Words by John Benson, Jr.
Music by Mrs. James A. Pate

Jesus is my Savior, I shall not be moved; In His love and favor, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.

Chorus
I shall not be, I shall not be moved; I shall not be, I shall not be moved; Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.
In my Christ abiding, I shall not be moved; In His love I'm hiding, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.

Chorus
I shall not be, I shall not be moved; I shall not be, I shall not be moved; Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.
If I trust Him ever, I shall not be moved; He will fail me never, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.

Chorus
I shall not be, I shall not be moved; I shall not be, I shall not be moved; Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.
On His word I'm feeding, I shall not be moved; He's the One that's leading, I shall not be moved, Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.

Chorus
I shall not be, I shall not be moved; I shall not be, I shall not be moved; Just like a tree that's planted by the waters, Lord, I shall not be moved.



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"Blowing in The Wind"
Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? Yes, and how many seas must the white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand? Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly before they're forever banned?

Chorus: The answer my friend is blowing in the wind; The answer is blowing in the wind.

How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky? Yes, and how many years must one man have before he can hear people cry? Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he he knows that too many people have died?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind; The answer is blowing in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea? Yes, and how many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head pretending that he just doesn't see?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind; The answer is blowing in the wind.




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"Going Down to Mississippi"
Phil Ochs

I'm going down to Mississippi I'm going down a southern road And if you never see me again Remember that I had to go Remember that I had to go

It's a long road down to Mississippi It's a short road back the other way If the cops pull you over to the side of the road You won't have nothing to say No, you won't have nothing to say

There's a man waiting down in Mississippi And he's waiting with a rifle in his hand And he's looking down the road for an out-of-state car And he thinks he's fighting for his land Yes, he thinks he's fighting for his land

And he won't know the clothes I'm wearing And he doesn't know the name that I own But his gun is large and his hate is hard And he knows I'm coming down the road Yes, he knows I'm coming down the road

It's not for the glory that I'm leaving It's not trouble that I'm looking for But there's lots of good work calling me down And The waiting won't do no more No, The waiting won't do no more

Don't call me the brave one for going No, don't pin a medal to my name For even if there was any choice to make I'd be going down just the same I'd be going down just the same

For someone's got to go to mississippi Just as sure as there's a right and there's a wrong Even though you say the time will change That time is just too long
That time is just too long

So I'm going down to Mississippi I'm going down a southern road And if you never see me again Remember that I had to go Remember that I had to go






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Civil Rights Lyrics
"THE GOSPEL TRAIN"
John and Ruby Lomax 1939

Oh, the gospel train is comin’
Don’t you wanna go? Gospel train is comin’, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, the gospel train is comin’, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

It’s comin’ round the mountain, Don’t you wanna go? It’s comin’ round the mountain, Don’t you wanna go? She’s comin’ round the mountain, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

She’s comin’ heavy loaded, Don’t you wanna go? Comin’ heavy loaded, Don’t you wanna go? Comin’ heavy loaded, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

She’s loaded with bright angels, Don’t you wanna go? Loaded with bright angels, Don’t you wanna go? She’s loaded with bright angels, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

Oh, tell me who is the captain, Don’t you wanna go? Tell me who’s the captain, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, tell me who’s the captain, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

King Jesus is the captain, Don’t you wanna go? King Jesus is the captain, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, Jesus is the captain, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go

He fought out many a battle, Don’t you wanna go? He fought out many a battle, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, he fought out many a battle, Don’t you wanna go? Oh, yes, I wanna go


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Be Blessed.

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*Civil Rights Lyrics UPDATE 2009*

Civil Rights Lyrics
"If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus"
(adapted from the song composed by C. Neblett)

If you miss me at the back of the bus
If you can't find me back there
Come on up to the front of the bus
I'll be sittin right there
I'll be sittin right there
Come on up to the front of the bus
I'll be sittin right there

If you can't find me in the school room
If you can't find me in there
Come on out to the picket line
I'll be standin right there
I'll be standin right there
Come on out to the picket line
I'll be standin right there

If you can't find me in the picket line
If you can't find me out there
Come on down to the jail house
I'll be singin in there
I'll be singin in there
Come on down to the jail house
I'll be singin in there

If you can't find me in jail house
If you don't see me in there
Come on over to the church yard
I'll be prayin out there
I'll be prayin out there
Come on over to the church yard
I'll be prayin out there.






Civil Rights Lyrics
"I'm Gonna Sit At The Welcome Table"
(adapted from an African American spiritual)

I'm gonna sit at the welcome table,
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days,
Hallelujah! I'm gonna sit at the welcome table,
I'm gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days.

I'm gonna walk the streets of glory,
I'm gonna walk the streets of glory one of these days, Hallelujah!
I'm gonna walk the streets of glory,
I'm gonna walk the streets of glory one of these days.

I'm gonna get my civil rights,
I'm gonna get my civil rights one of these days,
Hallelujah! I'm gonna get my civil rights,
I'm gonna get my civil rights one of these days.

I'm gonna sit at the Woolworth counter,
I'm gonna sit at the Woolworth counter one of these days, Hallelujah!
I'm gonna sit at the Woolworth counter,
I'm gonna sit at the Woolworth counter one of these days.

This song is based on an African American spiritual with the same title. It was part of a play written by the students of the McComb, Mississippi, Freedom School in 1964





Civil Rights Lyrics
"I'm On My Way"
(based on an African American spiritual "I'm On My Way to Canaan Land",and "I'm Bound For The Promised Land")

I'm on my way to the freedom land
I'm on my way to the freedom land
I'm on my way to the freedom land
I'm on my way, praise God
I'm on my way.

I asked my brother to come with me
I asked my brother to come with me
I asked my brother to come with me
I'm on my way, praise God
I'm on my way.

I asked my sister to come with me
I asked my sister to come with me
I asked my sister to come with me
I'm on my way, praise God
I'm on my way.

If they say no, I'll go alone
If they say no, I'll go alone
If they say no, I'll go alone
I'm on my way, praise God
I'm on my way.

I'm on my way, and I won't turn back
I'm on my way, and I won't turn back
I'm on my way, and I won't turn back
I'm on my way, praise God
I'm on my way.





Civil Rights Lyrics
"Lift Every Voice And Sing Lyrics"
Written by- James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chast'ning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the
slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.





Civil Rights Lyrics
"This Little Light Of Mine"
(An African American spiritual)

This little light of mine
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little little of mine
I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine.
I'm gonna let it shine.
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.





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