Blair Song Archive
The songs provided below were taught and utilized many times throughout the March to Blair Mountain 2011. These songs were a powerful and vital addition to the march. They not only kept spirits high, but served as declarations of the marcher’s determination to see the march through to the end, despite the many obstacles encountered.
Download the “Solidarity Songbook” – Compiled by Flora Bernard with input from several organizers, this collection of songs was created for the March on Blair Mountain. Several songs from the book were sung on the march, and can be heard in the recordings below.
Visit our Contemporary March Song Archive to see and hear some modern songs reflecting the history of the Mingo-Logan Wars.
|1||Staid On Freedom (ver 1)|
Staid On Freedom (ver 2)
|A tune most recently of the Civil Rights Era, descended from the slave tune "Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus."||Lyrics|
|2||Swing Low, Sweet Chariot||A traditional African-American hymn tune. The new verses were created by four women marchers: Juliette Wallace, Ellena Baum, Tessa Scheele Morelli, and Nissa Gustafson.||Lyrics|
|3||Under My Feet||This song was created at the Highlander Center in 2010. The Blair marchers were one of the first groups to ever learn this song and pass it into the oral tradition. Jasper Conner leads the song in this recording.||Lyrics
|4||We Are Marching to Blair Mountain||Another variation created by Juliette Wallace, Ellena Baum, Tessa Scheele Morelli, and Nissa Gustafson, this song is to the tune of “In the Highways” by the Carter Family.||Lyrics|
|5||Nelson's Blood||(audio coming soon)||Lyrics|
|6||Singing for Our Lives||(audio coming soon)||Lyrics|
|7||Which Side Are You On?||(audio coming soon)||Lyrics|
|8||Hold On||In the 1800s and early 1900s this song was often called “Freedom Plow” in which it was illustrated that keeping a plow straight in the field was similar to keeping one’s life straight with Jesus||Lyrics|
|9||Oh You Can't Scare Me||This song was written to the tune of Woody Guthrie’s “Union Maid.” Guthrie borrowed the melody from a popular song called Red Wing, also about a young woman||Lyrics|
|10||Coal Tattoo||This song, about an experienced coal miner looking for work, was written by Billy Edd Wheeler in 1963 and has become quite a classic. Not all the words are recalled by the singers in this recording.||Lyrics|
|11||Paradise (ver 1)|
Paradise (ver 2)
|Written by John Prine and recorded on a 1971 album, the song refers to an actual town called Paradise, now defunct due to lack of industry.||Lyrics|
|12||Solidarity Forever||An old tune, popularly attached to different lyrics throughout history including “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “John Brown’s Body.”||Lyrics|
|13||Country Roads||Written by John Denver, Taffy Nivert and William Danoff||Lyrics|
|14||Have You Ever Been to Jail for Justice?||Written by Anne Feeney||Lyrics|
|15||Under My Feet (Ver 2)||Lyrics
|16||The Times They Are A Changin||Written by Bob Dylan||Lyrics|