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Anti Slavery Songs

fi_in_nz 17 Apr 06 - 09:56 AM
Nigel Parsons 17 Apr 06 - 11:24 AM
Suffet 17 Apr 06 - 12:21 PM
Ferrara 17 Apr 06 - 03:20 PM
GUEST,Ian (Loctup) 17 Apr 06 - 03:39 PM
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Subject: Anti Slavery Songs
From: fi_in_nz
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 09:56 AM

Heard a wonderful anti slavery song at Lancaster yesterday (Sunday). I think it was LocTup Together who sang it, but I was keeping a 1 yr old quiet and I didn't catch who wrote it or have a pen and paper handy to write down the title. I'm hoping that someone might be able to point me in the right direction. I think it was a Liverpool song, but could have been from anywhere in Lancashire.

Do post any other anti slavery songs here too.

Cheers F


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 11:24 AM

Can't spot it on-line, but Chris Lock's e-mail contact address can be found via This Page (Select Fore-N-Aft from the menu on the left)
CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 12:21 PM

Greetings:

There is an enormous body of anti-slavery songs here in the USA. Among these are:

The Abolitionist Hymn, anonymous words set to the tune of the the 16th Century hymn Old Hundredth.

Go Down Moses, a traditional African-American spiritual.

Steal Away to Jesus, another traditional African-American spiritual.

Clear the Track, also called The Car Emancipation, new words by Jesse Hutchinson set to the tune of Old Dan Tucker by Daniel D. Emmett.

Follow the Drinking Gourd, a traditional song of the Underground Railroad best know in the version arranged by the Lee Hays of the Weavers.

Some versions of John Brown's Body, particularly the ones which describe the raid on Harper's Ferry and Brown's subsequent execution.

The Battle Cry of Freedom, by George F. Root.

Year of Jubilo, by Henry C. Work. If you clean up the stereotypical black dialect, you are left with a very powerful anti-slvaery song.

Free at Last, a post-Emancipation traditional African-American spiritual.

No More Auction Block, also called Many Thousand Gone, another post-Emancipation traditional African-American spiritual.

Some of these songs are in the Digital Tradition. You can find the rest by doing a Google search. There are many more anti-slavery songs, some still being written. The Ballad of Richard Murray by Lorcan Otway is just one recent example.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Ferrara
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 03:20 PM

Stole and Sold from Africa, remeembered by Kentuckian Addy Graham, is an American abolitionist song. Very powerful and moving.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST,Ian (Loctup)
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 03:39 PM

The song you are talking about is 'African Trade' written by Tom Lewis. It is on our 'Under One Sky' CD.
Basically it is about the wealth that slavery created for the ports that were involved in the trade in human suffering.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: s&r
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 03:46 PM

It's here on Tom's site
^^^
Stu


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Kaleea
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 05:15 PM

abolitionist songs here:

http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/abolitn/absohp.html


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: fi_in_nz
Date: 17 Apr 06 - 05:17 PM

Brill, thanks Ian. Really enjoyed your set. Cheers F

While I'm here - anyone know any slavery songs from Bristol? Suppose I should start a Slavery thread as well as anti - either would be welcome. Cheers F


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 07:52 AM

what a good idea for a thread. i shalt have a think.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: clairerise
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 07:53 AM

sorry that was me. thought i was logged in.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Willa
Date: 18 Apr 06 - 02:02 PM

The Slave's Lament by Robert Burns.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 12 Jul 06 - 10:21 AM

Greetings:

I just recorded Run, Children, Run yesterday, and it will be on my next CD scheduled for release early in 2007. I wove together several pieces of text and melodic phrases from various traditional songs, including Run, N******, Run; Wade in the Water; Follow the Drinking Gourd; Do What the Spirit Says Do; and an anonymous song fragment, to create this anti-slavery song.

As soon as the mixing and mastering are complete, I'll put it up on my SoundClick music page as an MP3 file.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: dwditty
Date: 12 Jul 06 - 11:05 AM

Oscar Brown, Jr. certainly captured the essence in his circa 1960 Bid 'Em In. I am at work now, but will try to transcribe the lyrics later...unless someone can find them first.

dw


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Barry Finn
Date: 12 Jul 06 - 01:21 PM

I believe there are some old slavery threads that you might want to look at or refresh.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: JedMarum
Date: 12 Jul 06 - 01:53 PM

a run away slave song


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 04:50 PM

Greetings:

My new CD with Run, Children, Run as track #10 is now available from CD Baby. The CD is called I've Been Up On the Mountain, and if you go to this web page, you can play a 2-minute sound clip from each song. Since Run, Children, Run is only 2:33 long, you get to hear most of it. You will, however, miss the coda where the phrase "Run, children, run" gets repeated four times as Jody Kolodzey adds her haunting and distinctive voice to Anne Price's and my own.

If you like Run, Children, Run, then I suspect you will also enjoy the next two tracks where Anne Price and I sing Woody Guthrie's When the Curfew Blows and Utah Phillips' Rock Me to Sleep. Those are the only two covers on the album. All of the other songs are either originals which I wrote with or without a co-author, or else they are my arrangements of traditional folk songs. Run, Children, Run is actually my weaving together of text and music from three or four traditional songs.

Please take a listen.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Scrump
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 07:23 AM

While I'm here - anyone know any slavery songs from Bristol?

Steve Knightley wrote The Bristol Slaver because he couldn;t find any Bristol songs about slavery - for some reason, the slavers never thought to record their role in this part of Bristol's history. I wonder why...


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 02:27 PM

The classic anti slavery song is Amazing Grace - alledgedly written by the captain on a slave ship who saw the light and turned the vessel back.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 04:31 PM

Greetings:

That legend about the slave ship captain turning back to Africa in the middle of a voyage is pure poppycock. John Newton (1725-1807) had indeed been a slave trader and later the captain of a slave ship, but he did not pen the lyrics of Amazing Grace until much later. Newton quit the sea in to become a Tides Surveyor in Liverpool in 1755. He became an Anglican priest in 1764, and wrote Amazing Grace some time around 1772. It was not until 1785 that he began speaking out publicly against slavery.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 04:56 PM

From my old schooldays, Longfellows, The Slave`s dream, the last verse was so sad,

He did not feel the driver`s whip, nor the burning heat of day, for death had illumned the land of sleep and his lifless body lay, a worn out fetter that the soul had thrown away.
I still can recall all of the poem.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 04:57 PM

that the soul had broken and thrown away.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Willa
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 03:38 PM

'Songs of Slavery' is the result of a community funded project (part of the Wilberforce 2007 commemorations)involving about 150 people from Hull and area aged from 10+ to 70+

The CD has 25 tracks; 19 songs and 6 short narratives, and a booklet giving bckground information.

Songs include several of those mentioned by Suffet in his first post:
The Abolitionist Hymn
Steal Away
Follow the Drinking Gourd
John Brown's Body
No More Auction Block

Anyone who is interested can PM me.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Les from Hull
Date: 02 Dec 06 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for putting that on Willa! Here's a link to Wilberforce 2007 Hull's commemeration of the end of the slave trade. The site seems to be down at the moment, but it will hopefully be back soon.

Talking of anti-slavery songs, there's 'Am I not a brother?' by Mudcat's own Red and White Rabbit. Perhaps if you ask her nicely she'll put the words here.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 04:48 AM

I think a lot of Hull Mudcatters will become involved in the celebrations next year. We have already been asked and it should be a wonderful celebration. Question is Poor Wayfaring Stranger a slavery song?


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Scrump
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 07:57 AM

I don't wish to make light of slavery or anything like that, but I wonder if there were any songs in favour of slavery, perhaps written by slavers at the time? I only ask out of interest, because I certainly wouldn't want to sing such a song - it would be objectionable to do so - but I just wonder if any exist? After all, there are lots of songs about fox hunting, cockfighting, etc. I know blood sports aren't the same as slavery, but I was just using that as an example of where songs were written at the time when attitudes were different from today.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 04:00 PM

Scrump - there was a thread before, asking just the same question, whether there were pro-slavery songs, but I haven't been able to find it in a quick search.

There's a passing reference to the abolitionists in some versions of "The other side of Jordan" - "The ladies of England have sent a big address, about slavery and horrors too appalling. But they'd better look at home to their own white slaves that are starving on the English side of Jordan".

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 06:24 PM

Greetings:

Does this qualify as pro-slavery?

We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil,
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far,
"Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!"


--- From The Bonnie Blue Flag by Harry McCarthy

...the property we gained by honest toil...

Give me a break!


Note to Kitty: I recently sent a promotional copy of my new CD I've Been Up On the Mountain to George so he could share it with the Herga Folk Club. It may have already arrived. Track number 10 is an anti-slavery song I call Run, Children, Run. I created it by weaving together passages of text and music from several traditional sources. Anne price accompanies me singing the refrains, and Jody Koldzey adds her voice on the coda. Take a listen and then tell me what you think, good, bad, or indifferent.

Thanks.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: SharonA
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 06:48 PM

Scrump and Herga Kitty: There is indeed a pro-slavery songs thread. Here is a clicky: Pro Slavery Songs

The thread only scratches the surface of all the "happy darkie" propaganda songs that proliferated during the antebellum era. But it's a place to start reading about them.

Sharon


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM

Extract from Rippon's Hymnal :
The Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade having received the Royal Assent, the people of colour, residing in and about the cities of London and Westminster, were invited to keep a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God - and the day commonly called Good Friday was understood to be their only day of general leisure.
Accordingly, on that day, March 27 1807, a Vast Congregation of them assembled at Dr. Rippon's place of Worship in Carter Lane when he delivered a sermon to them, on Psalm lxviii. 31 - Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God; and also gave these verses, which were sung, as the memorable occasion required, with great animation. :

http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/New_York_%28William_Tansur%29


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 06:52 PM

Guest, here's your hyperlink:

http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/New_York_%28William_Tansur%29


Best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 08:04 PM

Here's an English song I posted tonight on another thread - The Slave Chase. It dates from around 1845. And the tune is there as well.

I thought I'd put the link in here for those who otherwise might never venture down below the BS line.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 12:11 AM

A very pretty song has been sung lately about the master of the sheepfold and BB explained some of the history of it..about the master bringing in the black sheep etc. Hopefully she will elaborate...master of the sheepfold title??? mg


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 03:52 AM

thread.cfm?threadid=96748&desc=yes#1901030
This link takes you straight to the excellent song postsd by McGrath.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Jeri
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 08:13 AM

Previous thread on The Master of the Sheepfold, but it doesn't seem to have much to do with slavery except the original poem was in dialect. It's more about inclusiveness [mostly interpreted as religious] than anything else. In the 'small world' department: The poem came earlier, but Bill Bonyan collected the song from our Charley Noble's mother (who got it from her friend, Wendy Holt).


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Suffet
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 12:00 AM

Greetings:

My new CD with Run, Children, Run is now available from CD Baby. If you click here, you will open up a web page from which you can download a 2-minute sample. It's song #10.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: oggie
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 04:09 PM

Given that slavery is STILL a major issue (see the UNHCR for figures) are there any modern songs, about today's situation out there? I can't think of any, can anyone else?

All the best

oggie


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Willa
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 09:35 AM

You can hear a couple of tracks from 'Songs of slavery', each featuring 'catters (Hissyfit and James Berriman) on Kate Bramley's RadioBritfolk slot.http://www.radiobritfolkhome.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 12:11 PM

I dimly recall a song called either 'Nicodemus the Slave', or 'Wake Nicodemus' but know nothing about it except that it was probably written by Stephen Foster. Anyone out there know it?


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 03:45 PM

"Wake Nicodemus," 1864, words and music, written by Henry Clay Work. Sheet Music at American Memory.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ncdhtml/hasmhome.html and put title in Search box.
Search


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 04:37 AM

Thanks Q.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Fidjit
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 08:45 AM

Heres a link for you Slave ship

Nice pictues too. Hmmm? Wonder how he did it??

Chas


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Fidjit
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 09:51 AM

And here's another. Now what a bloke this guy was But I'm Pregnat with your child!

Chas


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: SINSULL
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 10:08 AM

Oh Freedom Sweet Freedom
Freedom is for me.
And before I'd be a slave
I'd be buried in my grave
And go home to the Father and be free.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 09:06 PM

The Liberty Minstrel by George Washington Clark (New York: Leavitt & Alden, 1845) is a book of abolitionist songs. It is viewable with Google Book Search—click the link.

I have posted an index to the songs here.


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 09:23 PM

The Hutchinson Family singers from New Hampshire were famous for their abolition songs


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: mg
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 09:40 PM

Darling Nelly Grey.

And someone asked if we had modern ones..we had an old thread and were asked to compose one and I put words to deep blue sea about the slave children in the chocolate fields. mg


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Subject: RE: Anti Slavery Songs
From: topical tom
Date: 06 Jan 09 - 11:10 PM

One I find most stirring is the late great Odetta's version of "Oh Freedom".

God bless her and thanks for being in our lives.


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