"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around"
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"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" is a traditional song that was adopted by the civil rights movement in Albany, Georgia in the early 1960s. This particular recording features the SNCC Freedom Singers, a student group that traveled around the country singing at mass meetings and rallies. "Chief Pritchett" refers to Albany's police chief Laurie Pritchett, "Mayor Kelley" refers to Albany Mayor Asa Kelly.

Lyrics

Ain't gonna let nobody, turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let nobody, turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let segregation (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let segregation (Lordy), turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let no jailhouse (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let no jailhouse, turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let no nervous Nellie (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let no nervous Nellie (Lordy), turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let Chief Pritchett (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let Chief Pritchett (Lordy), turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let Mayor Kelley (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let Mayor Kelley (Lordy), turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let no Uncle Tom (Lordy), turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let no Uncle Tom (Lordy), turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

Ain't gonna let nobody, turn me around
Turn me around, turn me around
Ain't gonna let nobody, turn me around
Keep on a walking, keep on a talking
Marching up to freedom land

"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" performed by the SNCC Freedom Singers from Sing For Freedom, recorded by Folkways in New York (SF 40032), provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1992. Used by permission.

All photographs are from the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963 (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)