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Quotation for Saturday 23rd May 2020

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Hi everyone,

I have the lyrics of another song for you today.

One genre of music that I love is Gospel.

It’s full of praise, longing and hope and it’s often sung by the most amazing voices.

One of my favourite singers of Gospel music is Mahalia Jackson. What a powerful voice she had, and sang a version of a song that’s in my mind a lot these days.

This song was adapted from a hymn as the anthem of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.

And its words are also quite appropriate to what we are going through right now.


We shall overcome

We shall overcome

We shall overcome some day

Oh, deep in my heart

I do believe

We shall overcome some day

We'll walk hand in hand

We'll walk hand in hand

We'll walk hand in hand some day

We shall all be free

We shall all be free

We shall all be free some day

We are not afraid

We are not afraid

We are not afraid today

We are not alone

We are not alone

We are not alone today

The whole wide world around

The whole wide world around

The whole wide world around some day

Oh deep in my heart, I do believe,That we shall overcome some day

Again I've had trouble with my links to YouTube and to the Mahalia Jackson version but I highly recommend listening to Mahalia's version which must surely stir us to believe that we too, can overcome.

I hope that you all have a good day today, and continue to take great care.

ADDENDUM: No, sorry folks, no can do, but please find it for yourself.

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Inspiring words. Do you know who wrote them?


Hi RoadRunner, Wikipedia says that the original hymn, 'I'll overcome some day', was written by the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley in 1900.

More interestingly it says that the song was adapted and sung by striking tobacco workers, led by a Lucille Simmons, in Charleston in 1945. Then in 1947 it was published as a song in a publication of which Pete Seeger was a director. And of course he had his own similarly well known version of 'We Shall Overcome'. As well as being a great singer/songwriter he was a champion of political causes, which is how it was then propelled into becoming the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.

THank you, The words in many songs and poems are very moving as is this particular one. So interesting finding out how it started and evolved.

Thanks Jerry, glad you are enjoying. Yes, I'm having that perfidious 'video unavailable' problem at the moment. It will play outside of HealthUnlocked, so I'm not sure what the issue is, but I know it crops up with various members from time to time. YouTube suggests slow internet connection, but mine's fine so I somehow doubt that's the cause. Hey ho, at least you found your way to the wonderful Mahalia Jackson! 🙏

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I think I know these words, they are lovely and uplifting. I will make a point sometime today of finding it and listening to it. 👍🌼🌷

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I also love gospel Callendersgal and the words to that song, which I know, are perfect for reflecting what we are going through at present.

When I was a teenager I went to an Evangelical church and we used to sing gospel, I loved it, it didn't matter that I couldn't sing as I was a small voice in amongst many big voices. Gospel is so uplifting and makes you feel so alive and free.

Thank you for sharing.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Alicia :)

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Hi Alicia, It’s lovely to sing with a gospel choir. Very uplifting! 🙏

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It really is, such joy. :)

There is something about music and lyrics that have a "spiritual" tone that are extra meaningful, let alone currently - I guess the "usual" power of music but with words that touch the heart with a depth in us - I have always loved this song and the words have had much power in past times of modern history. I will now listen to this version you recommend - thanks - certainly the conditions we see in planet earth in recent decades, and now more so in recent weeks, do not seem to reflect the life that a creator would have originally designed it all for - and it makes me reflect on that bigger power whose purpose is still for all life to enjoy peace and happiness in what is a beautiful planet but we can only do it with the help of the bigger power - that can be a source of hope and encouragement for us all. Gets me through these challenging times.

I hope you enjoy and feel the strength of these words! 🙏

Very, very apt for todays situation.

We shall overcome, and in the meantime take care

truly amazing

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