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“We Shall Overcome” . . . . Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO (now reduced to just $20.00)

August 21, 2016


we shall overcome blog headerPerformance by Joan Baez

HiWe learn from Wikipedia that

The song “We Will Overcome” was published in the September 1948 issue of People’s Songs Bulletin (a publication of People’s Songs, an organization of which Pete Seeger was the director and guiding spirit). It appeared in the bulletin as a contribution of and with an introduction by Zilphia Horton, then music director of the Highlander Folk School of Monteagle, Tennessee, an adult education school that trained union organizers. In it, she claims no ownership of the song and in fact wrote that she had learned the song from members of the CIO Food and Tobacco Workers Union: “It was first sung in Charleston, S.C. … Its strong emotional appeal and simple dignity never fails to hit people. It sort of stops them cold silent.” It was her favorite song and she taught it to countless others, including…

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