Interview with Bernice Johnson Reagon
Bernice Johnson Reagon:

[singing]… come and go with me to that land, come and go with me to that land. Come and go with me to that land, where I'm bound. Oh, come and go with me to that land, come and go with me to that land, why don't you come and go with me to that land, where I'm bound.' [stops singing] The song would start like that, nobody's clapping, and there's nothing in that that says freedom or we're going down to march. But the song articulates a position and it says - movement. And she would go - [singing] -'Why don't you come and go to that land, come and go to that land, why don't you come and go to that land, where I'm bound, ' [stops singing] and that second statement would be more (Reagon, SR 1540) powerful. Then she'd cut into it [singing] - 'Well, there's nothing but peace in that land, nothing but peace in that land, oh Lord, nothing but peace in that land, where I'm bound. Well, we'll all be together in that land, all be together in that land, oh we'll all be together in that land where I'm bound. Ohhh, we'll all be together, in that land, we'll all be together in that land lord, we'll all be together in that land where I'm bound,' [stops singing] There's a song that a Reverend Holloway would do uh, and it's called Steal Away - [singing] - 'Shine on me, shine on me, let the light from the lighthouse shine on me. Shine on me, shine on me, let the light from the lighthouse shine on me,' [stops singing] It's like claiming your space. We had been too long out of the light, it was our time, it still is.

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