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Thread #23320   Message #257925
Posted By: Joe Offer
14-Jul-00 - 09:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins: No Nos Moveran (We Shall Not Be Moved)
Subject: ADD: No Nos Moveran in Spanish ^^
Hi - here are some of the verses from the Rise Up Singing songbook. I hadn't heard about a connection with the Spanish Civil War - I think that warrants further research, but I'm off to sing this evening. I understand the song comes from a black spiritual, "I Shall Not Be Moved." I assumed it has origins in the United States. This site (click) agrees with your contention that Franco had banned the song in Spain.
-Joe Offer-

WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
Chorus
We shall not, we shall not be moved (2x)
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.


1. The union is behind us, we shall not be moved.
The union is behind us, we shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

2. We're fighting for our freedom, we shall not be moved.
We're fighting for our freedom, we shall not be moved.
Just like a tree that's planted by the water,
We shall not be moved.

3. We're fighting for our children, we shall not be moved.

4. We'll build a mighty union, we shall not be moved.

5. _____________ is our leader, we shall not be moved.

Source: Edith Fowke & Joe Glazer: Songs of Work and Protest, 1960. Fowke & Glazer say this version was first sung in 1931 by members of the West Virginia Miner's Union, led by Frank Keeney. The song was a favorite on pickets lines because it was easy to add dozens of verses telling the story of any perticular strike.
Slightly different verses are found in Carry It On by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser, 1985. Seeger and Reiser say the song was adapted from the gospel song "I Shall Not be Moved" by African-American textile workers in North Carolina during the 1920's. Other verses were added by the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.

NO NOS MOVERAN

No, no, no nos moveran (2x)
Como el arbol firme junto al rio,
No nos moveran.

1. Y_el que no crea que_haga la prueba, no, nos moveran...
2. Unidos en la lucha, no, nos moveran...
4. Unidos en sindicatos...
5. Construyendo el socialismo...
6. Y con golpe de estado....

[These Spanish verses (No Nos Moveran) are attributed to a Salvadoran union organizer who fled the death squads to take sanctuary in the United States - according to the Rise Up Singing songbook.]

I didn't find background information about the Spanish lyrics that really satisfied me.
-Joe Offer-^^