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Joe Offer 31 Aug 15 - 02:12 AM
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Subject: We Are Soldiers in the Army
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Aug 15 - 02:12 AM

This was one of the most important songs of the Black civil rights movement. I'm surprised it hasn't been posted here.


We Are Soldiers in the Army
We are Soldiers in the army
We have [got] to fight, although we have to cry
We have to hold up the bloodstained [freedom] banner
We have to hold it up until we die!

My mother was a soldier
She had her hand on the Gospel [freedom] plow
But one day she got old, she couldn't fight anymore
She said "I'll stand here & fight anyhow!"

My father was a soldier / He had… (as v.1)

I'm so glad that I'm a soldier / I've got my hand…

One day I'll get old & can't fight anymore / & I'll…

Well Mandela, he is a soldier / He's got his hands…
He spent half of his life in prison
But he kept on fighting anyhow

I'm glad that we are soldiers / We've got our hands…
We've spent half of our lives fighting for freedom
But we'll stand here fighting anyhow

——trad. (gospel), new lyrics by Freedom Singers

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