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[This world is one great battlefield]

[This world is one great battlefield]

Composer: Charles Albert Tindley
Published in 7 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Composer: Charles Albert Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [This world is one great battlefield]
Composer: Charles Albert Tindley
Meter: 8.6.8.6.6.6.8.6
Incipit: 13332 21111 51321
Notes: This hymn (text and tune) is frequently cited as a source or antecedent of the folk song or spiritual, "We shall overcome", which became prominent as an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. The precise kind and degree of relationship between the two songs is not clearly known.
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2886
Text: I'll Overcome Some Day
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)

Instances

Instances (1 - 4 of 4)
TextPage Scan

African American Heritage Hymnal #544

Beams of Heaven #14

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Songs of Zion #25

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #2886

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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