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Thread #19551   Message #1467851
Posted By: wysiwyg
22-Apr-05 - 08:00 AM
Thread Name: Gospel Origin-Civil Rights & Labor Songs
Subject: ADD: WHEN THE BATTLE'S OVER
Re-posted here from the African American Spirituals Permathread:

Subject: RE: African-American Spirituals Permathread
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 28 Dec 04 - 09:40 AM

I woke up this morning with spirituals on my mind. I think it's because of the sixtieschick's thread on the sprituality of 60s music. Thanks, sixtieschick!

Here are three spirituals that I don't think are listed in this Permathread yet, although they may be listed under a different name. I remember singing the first and third song in my church and with my family in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 19502-1960s {and of course, afterwards whenever they come to mind}. I recall the second spiritual as being introduced to my church in the early 1960s by a Southern choir {from Mississippi?}, although the church may have sung it before that time.

I'm writing down the lyrics that I remember. Of course, like all [most?] African American spirituals, these are open-ended songs with no fixed verses except maybe the first verse. Therefore new verses could be substituted or added, but the pattern remained the same. All these songs were sang in unison, except perhaps for the words in parenthesis.
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I'LL BE ALRIGHT

I'll be alright.
I'll be alright.
I'll be alright
some day-a-a
{Oh-o},[We-ll]If [deep]in my hea-a-art
I do believe,
I'll be alright some day.

I'll see His face.
I'll see His face.
I'll see His face
some day-a-a
Oh-o, if in my heart etc.

I'll be with Him.
I'll be with Him.
I'll be with Him
some day-a-a
Oh-o etc.

We'll all be free.
We'll all be free.
We'll all be free.
some day-a-a
Oh,o etc.
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Note that unlike the standard African American pronunciation of
"a" ="ah" {as in "Ah 1 and ah 2 and you know what to do}; the "a" in "some day-a-a" is an elongation of the "a" sound in the word "day".

I have read and I believe that "I'll Be Aright" is the basis of the spiritual which is the basis of the Civil Rights song "We Shall Overcome". However, "We'll Overcome" has a much faster tempo than
"We Shall Overcome".
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WE'LL OVERCOME

We'll overcome.
We'll ovecome.
We'll overcome.
some day-a-a
{Oh-o} [Well-ll]If [deep]in my hea-a-rt
I do not yield, [I do believe]
We'll overcome someday.

We'll see His face.
We'll see His face.
We'll His face
some day-a-a
Oh-o, if in my heart
I do not yield.
We'll see His face
someday.

I'll be with Him.
I'll be with Him.
I'll be with Him
some day-a-a
Oh-o, etc.

We'll see His face.
We'll see His face.
We'll see His face
some day-a-a
Oh-o, etc.

We'll wear ah crown.
We'll wear ah crown.
We'll wear ah crown
some day-a-a
Oh-o, etc
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Often, my church and family sung this next spiritual after "I'll Be Alright".
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WHEN THE BATTLE'S OVER

{And} When the battle's over
we shall wear ah crown.
We shall wear ah crown
Yes, we shall wear ah crown.
When the battle's over
we shall wear ah crown
in the New Jerusalem. [pronounced Jah-ROO-sah-lem]

Wear ah crown,
wear ah crown,
wear ah bright and shining crown.
And when the battle's over
we shall wear ah crown
in the new Jerusalem.

When the battle's over
we shall be with Him
We shall be with Him
We shall be with Him
And when the battle's over
we shall be with Him
in the New Jerusalem.

Be with Him
Be with Him
We shall all-ll be with Him
And when the battle's over
We shall be with Him
in the New Jerusalem.

Well, when the battles over
we shall be all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free.
And when the battle's over
we shall all be free
in the New Jerusalem

We'll be free
We'll be free
We shall ah-ll be-e free
And when the battle's over
we shall all be free
in the New Jerusalem.

And when the battle's over
we shall be at peace. etc..
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Hopefully, someone can point to recordings and Internet sound clips of these spirituals... They are full with history and wonderful to sing with a full soul.