Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 93
INTERVIEWER:

SO THE FREEDOM RTDERS ARE NOW IN PARCHMAN, DON'T JUST GO INTO THE SONG, JUST TELL ME A LITTLE BIT.

C. T. Vivian:

Uh, it was the Freedom Rides in Parchman, where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Uh, guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our own Sunday service in jail. Uh, and uh, uh, "Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on," was a song that had really a [unintelligible] had given us in Nashville, we brought to the prison. And in the prison uh, like First Century people, we made up songs. Uh, for instance uh, uh, uh, I stayed in jail uh, it's the only thing that we did right is when we started in to fight, and the only thing that we did wrong, when we stayed in the wilderness a day too long. Uh, we made it up and sang it, all right?

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

Vivian, SR 4006

C. T. Vivian:

Uh, there was the singing of songs, but there was the making up of songs. There was a sense of creativity, a sense of joy, all right? (Sings) "The only thing that we did wrong, we stayed in the wilderness a day too long." I can't sing., all right? I can't do that at all, but the point is, and I'm no good at that but, but we made those up, all right, and we sang them among us, we created our own church services, all right?