I Shall Not Be Moved

Album: The Million Dollar Quartet (1957)

Songfacts®:

  • This traditional spiritual song rose to prominence during the antebellum slave liberation movement, and again during the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. It's a protest song about the refusal to bow to the powers that be, and the importance of standing up for what you believe in: "Like a tree planted by the water, I shall not be moved."
  • Some of the artists to record this include Son House, The Jordanaires, Charley Patton, Johnny Cash and Freda Payne.
  • This follows a typical pattern with spiritual songs where one line changes with each verse, making it easy for large groups to sing. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3

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