You Shall Be Free
Traditional - as sung by Lead Belly & Woody Guthrie*

In the morning: you shall be free
Whole day, you shall be free
Let me sing, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

I was down in the hen-house other night
Awful dark, I didn’t have no light
I reached for a chicken, I got me a goose
A man come out, I had to turn him loose

Jump together, you shall be free
Jump a roll to it, you shall be free
Let me sing, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

Chicken and the rooster had a terrible fight
Chicken and the rooster gotta be out of sight
Chicken told the rooster that will be all right
Meet you at the hen-house tomorrow night

Let me sing, you shall be free
In the morning, you shall be free
You know the rooster, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

I was down in the hen-house on my knees
Thought I heard a chicken sneeze
‘t was only a rooster saying his prayers
Thanking his God for the hens upstairs

Here says the preacher, you shall be free
Here’s he singing, you shall be free
Taking that collection, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

Oh, some folks say, times is hard
Preacher says: put your trust in God
Man knows the difference, don’t you see
A hog can’t run just as fast as me

Let me sing: you shall be free
In the mornin’, you shall be free
Let me sing, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

Well, some people say: preacher won’t steal
I caught two, down in my cornfield
One had a bushel, other had a peck
Other had a rooster down his neck

In the morning: you shall be free
Get a rooster, you shall be free
Yes, and drive corn, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free

Well, you see that preacher a-settin’ on a log
Finger on a trigger and his eye on a hog
Pulls that trigger the gun went zip
Grabbed that hog with all his grip

Getting a hog eye, you shall be free
I don’t care, you shall be free
Let me sing, you shall be free
When the good Lord sets you free


* recorded on my Tribute to W. Guthrie CD
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