Randall Kidder, First UU of Marietta, Ohio
Words, Mark L. Belletini, UU
Tune, Hebrew folk song
Chorus: Bring out the festal bread and sing songs of freedom.
Shout with the slaves who fled, and sing songs of freedom.
What modern Pharaohs live in arrogance crownéd
Who shall be sent to challenge folly unbounded?
Chains still there are to break; their days are not finished.
Metal or subtle-made, they’re still not diminished.
Still does resentment bind each brother and sister
Still do the plagues affect us red as the river
Long be our journeying yet justice is worth it
dance, sister Miriam, and help us to birth it
O, people lift your heads and look to the mountains
Bushes aflame still call us, rocks still gush fountains