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Published on Mar 13, 2008
"We Shall Overcome," originally derived its lyrics from Charles Tindley's gospel song "I'll Overcome Some Day" (1900), and was the opening and closing melody from the 19th-century spiritual "No More Auction Block for Me." The song predates the civil war. Springsteen's interpretation of the song that activist and folk musician, Pete Seeger, , made popular was a tribute to Pete Seeger. Spingsteen hired a group of lesser-known musicians from New Jersey and New York and in an informal big band setting they recorded this piece.