WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

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WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
“We Shall Not Be Moved” was first sung in 1931 by members of the West Virginia
Miner’s Union, led by Frank Keeney. The song was a favorite on picket lines because it
was easy to add dozens of verses telling the story of any particular strike. Slightly
different verses are found in Carry It On by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser, 1985. Seeger
and Reiser say the song was adapted from the gospel song “I Shall Not Be Moved” by
African-American textile workers in North Carolina during the 1920’s. Other verses were
added by the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s. The Civil Rights “era’s” version
that I knew of this song included lines like…”black and white together….; we’re fighting
for our freedom…….;” Its another one of those songs that continued with made up verses
depending on the situation and the need to sing.
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
We shall not be moved
Jesus is my savior, I shall not be moved
Jesus is my savior, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
I shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
We shall not be moved
(?), I shall not be moved
(?), I shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
I shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
We shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like the tree standing by the water
We shall not be moved