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erinmaidin Origins: Gospel Plough/Eyes on the Prize (7) RE: Gospel Plough/Eyes on the Prize 27 Apr 06

I believe the song, in today's form, was written around the inception of the Civil Rights movement. The lyrics, if they are the "Paul and Silas" ones, were written by a woman named Alice Wine, from one of the Carolina states. It is based on a chapter from the bible, Luke, I believe, where Christ is speaking one of his parables and says something to the effect of "if a man puts his hand on the plough and then looks back, he is not worthy to enter the Kingdom". Hence, keep your eyes on the prize.

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