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Do You Want to be Free?
David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans
and the 2003 Fourth Grade, Room 212
Jenks School, Philadelphia

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This song is available on Two of a Kind's So Many Ways to Be Smart.

This song was written during a a Two of a Kind artist residency about African-American women. The students wanted to write the song from Harriet Tubman’s perspective, imagining her trying to convince slaves to follow her to freedom in the North. They used “call and response” in the chorus to make it sound more like an old spiritual.

Chorus:
Do you want to be free? (Do you want to be free?)
I'll give you the key (I'll give you the key)
Come with me (Come with me)
and leave slavery (and leave slavery)

Chorus

Gather around, I'll tell you about
the road to freedom, without no doubt
I'm Harriet Tubman, I rescue slaves
If you come with me, you'll have to be brave.

Chorus

Follow me, you won't get whipped
We're going on a very dangerous trip
If you turn back, you'll stay a slave
If you come with me, you'll work and get paid.

Chorus

Only take what you can carry in your pack
We're going to freedom and we're not coming back
Quakers and friends will help you get far
To get to freedom, go towards the North Star.

Chorus

 

This song is available on Two of a Kind's So Many Ways to Be Smart.

Many thanks to Two of a Kind for permission to display these lyrics.
© David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans. All rights reserved. Used with permission.