The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19551   Message #396753
Posted By: Stewie
12-Feb-01 - 08:30 PM
Thread Name: Gospel Origin-Civil Rights & Labor Songs
Subject: RE: Gospel Origin-Civil Rights & Labor Songs
There is a bit on the provenance of 'We Shall Overcome' at the following link. It cites Tindley's 'I'll Overcome Some Day' as the original inspiration. The full text of Tindley's hymn may be found at the Cyber Hymnal site.

Click Here

Evidently the great gospel singer, Marion Williams, did a belter of a version taking the civil rights song back to its gospel roots, but I cannot find it among the recordings I have of her.