GET YOUR RIGHTS, JACK
New York, NY
Summer 1963
CORE Freedom Singers.
This song, based on "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles, is accompanied by a piano line in counterpoint to the vocal. In the freedom lyrics, the chorus urges Jack, a Black man, to get his rights and be a Tom no more. Jack speaks in verses, pleading with CORE and Mississippi's Govenor Barnett to give him relief. The lyrics of the verses are structured as questions and answers, treated in call-and-response style, with the male voice asking the questions and the female voice answering. The song takes on a theatrical quality by conversational interplay between the singers.
Courtesy of Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960-1966 a Smithsonian Folkways Recording1997.
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