Let Freedom Ring




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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!

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