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Thread #19440   Message #199405
Posted By: Bill D
22-Mar-00 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: We Shall Not Be Moved
Subject: RE: A song I bet you'll all know...
I was in Hattiesberg & McComb Miss. in 64-65...not long..a week or so in each place, one of the barrage of 'noth'n agitatuhs' who came down on them....we tried to sing at a voter registration around courthouse in Hattiesberg, and were summarily threatened with arrest (had a permit to 'march', not sing!)...the leader of our group decided we were best off marching and being seen, not sitting in jail...but I hear the best version of "Go Tell it on the Mountain" I ever heard there, sung by a 15 year old girl...we all picked up on it and made a JOYFUL noise!,,until a parody of Edward G, Robinson came out and questioned us all and made dire threats,,

also was stopped by sheriff with a group on a dark night while walking to a meeting...the squad car had a tall, young kid in it who got out and stood glowering at us as we were questioned...I asked later why the 18 year old..(looked like a linebacker on the local football team)my compatriots grinned.."you mean you hadn't figgered out that they don't like news of the cops beating up civil rights folk? Now they have an "honest citizen" who will 'help' the cops if they 'need' it."

In McComb, I sat in a tiny room in a once-bombed house and heard all the protest songs sung by those LIVING the experience....amazing music...some that never got recorded...

too much to type easily...that was a LONG time ago...