Old Timey Tuesdays - I Shall Not Be Moved

We're back with all new Old Timey Tuesdays! This week, we're brushing up on our protest songs with "I Shall Not Be Moved," a tune that dates back to the mid-19th century. Covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Andrew Bird, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Mavis Staples, the Statler Brothers among many others (including congregations all over the US), this song has a long history in protest. The original version was based on Psalm 16:8 and 10:6. During the Civil Rights Movement, it was adapted to "We Shall Not Be Moved" with alternate (and awesome) lyrics. We picked some older and secular verses, but there are literally dozens to choose from. With simple and powerful melodies and lyrics that encourage singing together, Folk Music is a unifying force.

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Elizabeth Morgan