Bob A. Feldman Old John Brown

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A biographical protest folk song from 1971 about the white revolutionary abolitionist who organized the 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. (lyrics) Old John Brown was a white man who lived long ago And all the slave-owners called John Brown a foe He went to Harper’s Ferry and there he took his stand And word of his great deed did spread across the land. And Jesus was a peasant who worked in the fields And he sided with the poor and performed miracles The powerful rich men, they ordered him dead But words of his preachings did spread across the land. Now Old John Brown he read from the Bible each day And he acted according to what Jesus said They hung him for working to set free some slaves The law found him guilty and John Brown they killed. Now all of the leaders of this brutal land Are trying to make like they are righteous men But people in bondage I know you can see The folks who are righteous are as red as me. So let’s push the process as fast as we can And open the prisons and confront the wicked men We’ll put them in hospitals, if they don’t resist But if they attack us, we’ll use self-defense.

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