Price of Freedom, The

DESCRIPTION: "The night is dark about me, I hear the midnight bell, Before another midnight, It will ring my funeral knell." The singer's children are afraid, but the singer says, "Weep not above my ashes." "We to buy the toiler's freedom will pay the price and die."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1887 (Labor Enquirer)
KEYWORDS: labor-movement death execution
1886 - Haymarket Riot
Nov 11, 1887 - Execution of Albert R. Parsons (who reportedly inspired this song) and four others for alleged complicity
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 446-447, "The Price of Freedom" (1 text)
cf. "Annie Laurie" (tune)
File: CAFS2446

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