O Freedom

DESCRIPTION: Recognized by its praise of freedom and the lines "And before I'd be a slave, I'd be buried in my grave, And go home to my Lord and be free." Most versions simply praise freedom; one speaks of the slave's dead mother
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton)
KEYWORDS: religious freedom slave slavery mother death nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Barton, p. 25, "Before I'd Be a Slave" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dett, p. 110, "Oh, Freedom!" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 114 in the 1901 edition)
Scott-BoA, pp. 239-240, "Oh, Freedom!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-CivWarFull, pp. 291-292, "Oh Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-CivWarAbbr, p. 33, "Oh Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warren-Spirit, pp. 70-71, "Oh, Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSUSA 108, "O Freedom" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, p. 354, "O Freedom" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 295, "Oh Freedom" (1 text)
DT, OHFREEDM

Roud #10073
RECORDINGS:
John Handcock, "No More Mourning (Oh Freedom)" (AFS 3238 A1, 3238 A2, 1937)
Montgomery Gospel Trio, "I'm So Glad" [medley of that song -- 'I'm so glad I'm fighting for my rights' -- and "O Freedom"] (on WeShall1, DownHome)
SNCC Freedom Singers, "Freedom Chant/Oh, Freedom/This Little Light of Mine" (on VoicesCiv)
Hollis Watkins, "Oh Freedom" (on Voices Civ)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Free Slave"
File: LxU108

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