Portions of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig in April 2009.
I Shall Not Be Moved is a song I grew up singing in church-one I always enjoyed. Reading up on the song-I discovered it is very old-some folks believe it is a Negro Spiritual-hailing from the slave camps. No one knows for sure who wrote it-another one of those songs that was passed down through the generations by the family circle of music until someone recorded it to paper.
Another tidbit about the song-it has been used as a political anthem of sorts during periods of unrest in our nation. The song was used by activists of the Labor Movement as well as the Civil Rights Movement-even Aunt Bee used the song to protect the trees of Mayberry.
As so many other old songs-the words are simultaneously meaningful, easy to understand, and catchy-so it's easy to see why I Shall Not Be Moved has lasted through the years.
This week's Pickin' & Grinnin' In The Kitchen Spot features I Shall Not Be Moved-a toe tapping song about water.
(*Before you start the video you need to stop the music player-the music controls are along the top of this page on the far left side-just above the Blind Pig logo. Click the center round button to stop the player)
Hope you enjoyed Paul's flat-top picking-the great harmony-Pap's toe tapping and my bass keeping time with it all!
Are you familiar with the song too?