Frederic Douglas Slave Songs

884 WordsMay 13, 20034 Pages
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 punished truth,…show more content…
281). Recalling these tones, absorbing the words, and remembering the blood and screams from the cowhides, chilled his soul with a cold hatred that deepened with each thought of those sounds in the forest. He challenged any contenders of his experience to place themselves in the trees and take in the soul-killing effects of slavery by listening to the pain. The glimmering conception Douglas expresses can be heard in "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." As faint as the hope they could hold onto, their belief in Jesus Christ and his ability to wash away these evils and hatred experienced on the plantations is evident in the final verse. A longing for the Lord to save them and carry them to a home free of whippings, the "brightest day," their death, is cried for in these lines. "The brightest day that I can say Coming for to carry me home When Jesus washed my sins away Coming for to carry me home" (Call and Response, 237). The songs I provided from our text, Call and Response help to justify what Douglas feels and says about the dehumanization of slaves and the hatred they felt towards the life which they were living. In song, they attempted to relieve the anguish and bitterness they felt from being victims of the evil institution. Slaves sang of the truth on the plantations, and though listeners could confuse their tunes as
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