I Feel Like Going On

Words by Eleanor Bellstokes
Music: Andrea Sonny Woods

This moving piece of music in the African American tradition came to us from the singing of Ysaye Barnwell on a recording by Sweet Honey In The Rock. Coming as it does from a people’s struggle against racism we have had many opportunities to sing it here in Australia – notably on National Sorry Day 1998 when we taught it to a magnificent room of people mourning the Stolen Generations. But the simplicity of its message, the determination to overcome hardship, makes it one of the most versatile songs in our repertoire, and so we’ve sung it for tearful people whose careers have been destroyed by the vandalism of economic rationalists, and we’ve sung it at the funerals of comrades.


I feel like going on.
Though trials mount on every hand,
I feel like going on.

Author: solidaritychoir

Activist choir in Sydney Australia

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