"We Shall Not Be Moved"
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"We Shall Not Be Moved" is a traditional song that has been used in the labor movement as well as the civil rights movement. This recording was made in Selma, Alabama, in March of 1965. This version is sung by demonstrators who had gathered in the streets of Selma to demand the right to continue their protest march to Montgomery. Martin Luther King, Jr., was present at the demonstration. "Jim Clark" refers to the notoriously abusive sheriff of Selma.

Lyrics

Tell Mayor Smitherman, we shall not be moved
Tell Mayor Smitherman, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

All the state troopers, we shall not be moved
All the state troopers, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

Tell Governor Wallace, we shall not be moved
Tell Governor Wallace, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We love everybody, we shall not be moved
We love everybody, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

Tell Jim Clark, Lord, we shall not be moved
Tell Jim Clark, Lord, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's standing by the water
We shall not be moved

"We Shall Not Be Moved" by Demonstrators, Selma Alabama, from Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama, Folkways Records (FH 5594), provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1965. 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)