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Thread #169413   Message #4094318
Posted By: GUEST,Rick Pollay
22-Feb-21 - 03:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Song of the Fugitive (slave song)
Subject: Lyr Add: Song of the Fugitive (slave song)
A song about the last link in the underground railroad, crossing Lake Ontario to escape the USA and the Fugitive Slave Act and enter Canada.

Song of the Fugitive
Lyrics: Jesse Hutchinson Jr. (1845)
Melody: Khari Welland McClelland (2016)

Iím on my way to Canada
That cold and distant land
The burdens of slavery
I can no longer stand
        (I said) NO, NO, NO, NO
        NO, NO, NO, NO
        (I said) NO, NO, NO NO -- NO

I now embark for yonder shore
Sweet land of liberty
The vessel will bear me over
And I shall soon be free
No more to dread the auctioneer
Nor fear the masterís frown
No more to tremble
From the baying of the hounds
CH: NO. NO, NO, No Ö

        BR: Oh Father wonít you help me
Oh Father wonít you set me free
Oh Father wonít you, wonít you Ö
Yes, Iím safe in Canada
My soul and body free
My blood and tears no more
Shall drench the soil or the sea
Yet how can I surpress the tears
That steal from my eyes
To think of friends and kindred
As slaves to live and die
CH:        NO, NO, NO, NO Ö

Oh Father thank for setting me free
Oh Father thank you for helping me
Oh Father thank you, thank you Ö