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Published on Jan 3, 2017
Let Freedom Ring All lyrics (except those in italics) from the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (cf. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and “I Have a Dream” speech – both from 1963). The melody is “Oh Freedom,” an African-American protest song dating tothe end of the Civil War (and popularwith the Freedom Riders). For the sake of making the words sing-able, I have had to cut and rearrange King’s wordsin places, and for the sake of rhyme (in one instance), and political relevance (in another) I have added a few words of my own. For this I beg your (and MLK’s) understanding. Please join me on the final verse! Cantor Shoshana Brown
Injustice – anywhere – is a threat to justice everywhere We are all caught…in an inescapable network… Tied in a single garment…of destiny.
Freedom is never voluntarily given – it must be demanded…by the oppressed. We will win our freedom – the sacred heritage of our nation – The eternal will of God by whom we are blessed.
I say to you my friends – even though we face the difficulties…of today and tomorrow…I still have a dream… No, we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters And righteousness like a mighty stream.
Let freedom ring…from the red hills of Georgia…from the curvaceous slopes of California – let freedom ring! From New York and Mississippi – even North Carolina – From every hilltop and street corner – let freedom ring!
Freedom, oh freedom, oh freedom – of thee I sing – Land where my fathers died – land of the pilgrims’ pride – From every mountainside – let freedom ring!