379. We Shall Overcome

1 We shall overcome;
we shall overcome;
we shall overcome someday.

Refrain:
O, deep in my heart
I do believe
we shall overcome someday!

2 We’ll walk hand in hand;
we’ll walk hand in hand;
we’ll walk hand in hand someday. [Refrain]

3 We shall live in peace;
we shall live in peace;
we shall live in peace someday. [Refrain]

4 We are not afraid;
we are not afraid;
we are not afraid today. [Refrain]

5 God will see us through;
God will see us through;
God will see us through today. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We shall overcome
Title: We Shall Overcome
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Freedom; A New Heaven and a New Earth; World Peace (1 more...)
Source: African American spiritual
Refrain First Line: O, deep in my heart
Tune Information
Name: WE SHALL OVERCOME
Arranger: William Farley Smith (1986)
Meter: Irregular
Key: C Major
Source: African American spiritual
Copyright: Arr. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (admin. The Copyright Company)


Text Information:

Though now associated primarily with the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century, this spiritual
 most likely dates from the days of the slave trade; and similarities with the tune SICILIAN MARINERS (see
 no. 546) suggest that it might have been a worksong aboard slave ships.


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