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"We Shall Not Be Moved," Lyrics, Text Format



Raised/sharp tonic (F#, Di) and a lowered/flat leading tone (Eb, Te) with chromatic minor seconds, Ti\Te\La.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: AB - verse/refrain

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti ta ta | ta/a ta/a |
    | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta (ti) ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation,
    | (ti) ta ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta/a (ta/a) |
    | ta ta ta ta | ti ti ti ti ta (ta) |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Te Ti Do Di Re Mi Fa - raised/sharp tonic (F#, Di) lowered leading tone (Eb, Te - blue note)

  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Mi (M6), Re\Di/Re (m2), Re\So/Re (P5), Ti\Te\La (chromatic m2's), Do\La (m3), La/Do (m3), Mi\Do/Mi (M3)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; rests: half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, verse/refrain. syncopation, raised/sharp tonic (F#, Di), lowered/flat leading tone (Eb, Te - blue note), repeated melodic rhythm patterns

  • Key Words: USA history: secular union movement, labor rights; African American Spiritual: tune "I Shall Not Be Moved", African American history: sacred, Civil Rights Movement; union, freedom, fighting, building, black and white together, young and old, heavy burden, God's marching, church of God, deceive

  • Recorder: advanced: playing in F Major, introducing B flat, F sharp, and E flat, syncopation, blue note, repeated melodic rhythm patterns

 
 


"We Shall Not Be Moved"

       
    Secular Union Protest Version  
  1. The union is behind us, we shall not be moved,
The union is behind us, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain:  
    We shall not be, we shall not be moved,
We shall not be, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
 
2.
We're fighting for our freedom, we shall not be moved,
We're fighting for our freedom, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  3. We're fighting for our children, we shall not be moved,
We're fighting for our children, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  4. We're building a strong union, we shall not be moved,
We're building a strong union, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  5. Black and white together, we shall not be moved,
Black and white together, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  6. Young and old together, we shall not be moved,
Young and old together, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
       
   
 
       
    Sacred Version  
  1. When my burden's heavy, we shall not be moved,
When my burden's heavy, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  2. The church of God is marching, we shall not be moved,
The church of God is marching, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
  3. Don't let the world deceive you, we shall not be moved,
Don't let the world deceive you, we shall not be moved,
Just like a tree that's planted by the river,
We shall not be moved.
 
    Refrain  
     
 
Encourage students to compose original verses!
 
       


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