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My Father, How Long? cho: My father (mother, etc.), how long, My father, how long My father, how long Poor sinner suffer here. And it won't be long And it won't be long And it won't be long Poor sinner suffer here. We'll soon be free (3x) De Lord will call us home. We'll walk de miry road (3x) Where pleasure never dies. We'll walk de golden streets Of de New Jerusalem. My brudders do sing De praises of de Lord. We'll fight for liberty When de Lord will call us home. Several negroes were jailed for singing this in Georgetown, SC, t the outbreak of the Civil War. From Slave Songs of the United States, Allen Ware & Garrison (1867) RG
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