Weekend music enjoyment and reflection.

Posted: June 11, 2016 in for your reflection, Weekend Music Enjoyment

We offer this song this weekend for Jasmine “Abdullah” Richards of the Black Lives Matter Movement who has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 3 years probation for of all things “lynching.” We also remember all of the Political Prisoners in this country and send them our thoughts of solidarity and love.

Pete Seeger learned a version of this song from Doris Plenn, a family friend, who had it from her North Carolina family. His version made this song fairly well known in the folk revival of the 1960s. Seeger’s version omits or modifies much of the Christian wording of the original, and adds Plenn’s verse above. The reference in the added verse intended by Seeger and by Plenn—both active in left-wing causes—is to ‘witch hunts’ of the House Un-American Activities Committee (Seeger himself was sentenced to a year in jail in 1955 as a result of his testimony before the Committee, which he did not serve due to a technicality)

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