Birmingham Sunday Lyrics - Joan Baez

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Lyrics as reprinted in Guy and Candie Carawan, Sing for Freedom: The Story of
the Civil Rights Movement through its songs, Bethlehem, PA, 1990, pp. 122-123.

Come round by my side and I'll sing you a song.
I'll sing it so softly, it'll do no one wrong.
On Birmingham Sunday the blood ran like wine,
And the choir kept singing of Freedom.
That cold autumn morning no eyes saw the sun,
And Addie Mae Collins, her number was one.
In an old Baptist church there was no need to run.
And the choir kept singing of Freedom,
The clouds they were dark and the autumn wind blew,
And Denise McNair brought the number to two.
The falcon of death was a creature they knew,
And the choir kept singing of Freedom,
The church it was crowded, and no one could see
That Cynthia Wesley's dark number was three.
Her prayers and her feelings would shame you and me.
And the choir kept singing of Freedom.
Young Carol Robertson entered the door
And the number her killers had given was four.
She asked for a blessing but asked for no more,
And the choir kept singing of Freedom.
On Birmingham Sunday a noise shook the ground.
And people all over the earth turned around.
For no one recalled a more cowardly sound.
And the choir kept singing of Freedom.
The men in the forest they once asked of me,
How many black berries grow in the Blue Sea.
I asked them right back with a tear in my eye.
How many dark ships in the forest?
A Sunday has come a Sunday has gone.
And I can't do much more than to sing you a song.
I'll sing it so softly, it'll do no one wrong.
And the choir keeps singing of Freedom.

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Please explain the mening of Black slips In the forest | Reviewer: Curious Dane | 11/19/13

This beatiful song has for long been a favorite of mine. Could someone Please explain to me the meaning of the lines from:" The men in the forest ..." To: " how many black ships in the forest" ?
Kind regards
Holger. Mail: hahykkel@gm.....

Evocative | Reviewer: Bronwen Evans | 9/27/13

I am a teacher, and I often sing songs while walking to work. The 8th and 9th graders I teach in an inner city school, call each other the N word, and have no idea about the history of that word. So I sing this song, and show them documentaries about the struggle for Civil Rights. It's very hard for them to understand, as it is so far removed from the way things are now. But I keep on singing, and telling them.....

Large part of my Social Awakining | Reviewer: Don Mccormick | 9/9/13

A seminal event in civil rights and American history. I cry whever I hear this tribute. My tears are not for the girls for they are with God. I cry and pray for the pain of those left here to deal with the emptyness. I also pray and cry for the souls of those wretched men possessed by evil.
Ephesians 6:4 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
As Bob Dylan sang, they were only pawns in their game.

The choir kept singing of freedom... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/10/13

Every time I hear this song I remember my mother's cry of grief as we saw the image of the church on our old black and white television. It was an unsettled time, a time of martyrdom. The girls in the Birmingham church; the disappearance and death of Mickey Schwerner, Andy Goodman and James Chaney; Medgar Evers...names of individuals who were our source of strength and inspiration. I taught in a Brooklyn school named after the young men killed in Mississippi and not one of the students knew who Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney were nor were they interested in knowing why the building was named after them. I think to Richard Farina's brilliant song brilliantly interpreted by Ms Joan Baez and I think not only of the young girls but the individuals who gave us a reason to keep singing of freedom.

Devastatingly beautiful song | Reviewer: Sheila | 4/26/13

Thank you Joan Baez. Your softly lilting voice accompanied by the gentle strums of the guitar must have comforted the grieving families and friends, whose loss can never be measured. Thank you, Richard Farina, for writing such hauntingly beautiful lyrics about so tragic an event as this terrorist attack on four young girls. Thank you, Spike Lee, for making a movie in 1997 titled Four Little Girls, in which this song ran as the opening credits rolled. Thank you, YouTube, for putting it out online for free so that someone like me, an American overseas, can see it.

A nod to the author | Reviewer: Michael | 8/18/12

Nobody does a more powerful version than Joan Baez, But credit should be given to the late, great Richard Farina for writing it. Richard was married to Joan's sister Mimi.Check out some of his other songs.

Amazing | Reviewer: Elizabeth | 11/29/11

Im 12 years old and I feel as if I can relate to these girls. They died so young and to have a song that is so Amazing song so well They are just blessed! :) R.I.P to all four girls....May you soar with angels high up in the sky.

Beautiful | Reviewer: D. Gunn | 11/16/11

Very emotional. Brilliant how she sung so peacefully about such a disturbingly violent event. It also demonstrated the resolve of the movement that endured these horrors, and the choir kept singing of freedom.

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