Music Monday: Thank God Almighty – Free At Last

Posted By on January 21, 2019

While contemplating both a Music Monday and a Martin Luther King Jr. reflective post for this U.S. National Federal Holiday, I thought about Dr. King’s 1963 I Have A Dream speech‘s reference to the African American spiritualFree At Last” and wondered about the early recordings?  Although I’ve heard several different relatively modern gospel recordings, I haven’t really listened to songs sung by those who were slaves.

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The Library of Congress has archived a few such recording from different sources and I’ll include this one from the “hidden folklorists” Alberta Bradford and Becky Elzy from Iberia Parish, Louisiana in 1934; it makes for another “totally different” MusicMonday post. 

  Alberta Bradford and Becky Elzy – Thank God Almighty (Free At Last) | 1934

Free at last, free at last
I thank God I’m free at last
Free at last, free at last
I thank God I’m free at last

Way down yonder in the graveyard walk
I thank God I’m free at last
Me and my Jesus going to meet and talk
I thank God I’m free at last

On my knees when the light pass’d by
I thank God I’m free at last
Tho’t my soul would rise and fly
I thank God I’m free at last

Some of these mornings, bright and fair
I thank God I’m free at last
Goin’ meet King Jesus in the air
I thank God I’m free at last

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
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