I Shall Not Be Moved is a song I grew up singing in church and always enjoyed. Reading up on the song I discovered it is very old. Some folks believe it is a Negro Spiritual hailing from the slave camps. No one knows for sure who wrote it another one of those songs that was passed down through the generations by the family circle of music until someone recorded it to paper.
Another tidbit about the song: it has been used as a political anthem of sorts during periods of unrest in our nation. The song was used by activists of the Labor Movement as well as the Civil Rights Movement and even Aunt Bee used the song to protect the trees of Mayberry.
As so many other old songs the words are simultaneously meaningful, easy to understand, and catchy so it’s easy to see why I Shall Not Be Moved has lasted through the years.
This week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot features I Shall Not Be Moved-a toe tapping song about water.
Hope you enjoyed Paul’s flat-top picking, the great harmony, Pap’s toe tapping, and my bass keeping time with it all!
Portions of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig in April 2009.