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Oh, Freedom

Oh, Freedom is a post Civil War African American freedom song, notably associated with Odetta, who recorded it as part of the Spiritual Trilogy, on her "Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues", and Joan Baez, who first performed the song at the 1963 March on Washington, and has since performed the song live numerous times throughout the years, both during her concerts and at other events.

The fourth verse contains the line "No more tommin," where the word tommin denotes to black men's extreme submissiveness towards a white person or white people. The word seems to have been derived from Harriet Beecher Stowe's fictitious character Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

[edit] Lyrics

“Oh Freedom” by Lucy Kinchen Chorale

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free

No more mourning, no more mourning, no more mourning over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free

No more crying, no more crying, no more crying over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free

There'll be singin', there'll be singin', there'll be singin' over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free

Oh freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom over me And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave And go home to my Lord and be free




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