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Migration Song

Poet In Residence

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Bob Holman for WNYC poetry land here with a new book by Quayrish Ali Lansana They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems.   Included in this wonderful collection is a song that Harriet sang as she was leaving with her treasures.  In this case her last run down South, picking up her brother John Ross and alas having to leave John's son and wife and many members of the family. Here's "Migration Song."

Migration Song

ma sista lutie boun ta go
hope ta meet ya in heaven
ma brotha william boun ta go
hope ta meet ya in heaven

ma uncle johnny boun ta go
hope ta meet ya in heaven
ma auntie ruby boun ta go
I hopes ta meet ya in heaven

Jesus stoop down
an wore a man's life
he died a man's death
ta free our strife

ma granny addie bell boun ta go
hope ta meet ya in heaven
ma grandpa cogman boun ta go
i hopes ta meet ya in heaven

ma mother ol' rit boun ta go
hope ta meet ya in heaven
know my ol' soul boun ta go
i hopes ta meet ya in heaven

Holman: The words of Harriet Tubman. The thoughts of all of us this holiday season.
Bob Holman on WNYC.

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