Frederic Douglas Slave Songs Essay

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Essay #1 (A)      The lyrics of songs inspire people to think and do many things. Today, songs expressing the quality of being beautiful and important in society can be found. Songs encouraging love and taking chances within oneself and others are listened to. None the less, there exists songs expressing hatred, anger, sorrow, and feelings of desolation. Lyrics are limitless, they simply express that of the person’s internal emotions. Songs can convey a misunderstanding or an unclear interpretation. Much like the lyrics of today, slave songs conveyed a deep and heart-wrenching message, that to many listeners, were never quite understood. Songs are simply an expression of truth. In an environment which otherwise…show more content…
It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake. Slaves sing when they      are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart, and is      relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.” ( Douglass,      Chapter II, p. 281). Slaves were never allowed to come together to discuss the cruel and unjust treatment their masters gave them. They could never speak of the truths of the evil society they lived in. In engulfing in spirituals and songs they were able to convey facts through, “tones loud, long and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish.” (Douglas, Chapter II, p.280).      Many songs were pleas for freedom. Freedom in the sense of the land to the North, and freedom meaning death, the ultimate release from servitude. In the song, “Before I’d be a Slave (Oh Freedom)” the chorus is as follows:      “Before I’d be a slave      I’d be buried in my grave      And go home to my Lord-- and be saved” (Call and Response, pg 240). Without even needing explanation, these lines burn with the fact that if given the choice of dying or to continue living in enslavement, the outcome would be death. This has no happy tune. It in no way should be misunderstood as gratitude for the life which
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