Songs My Mother Taught Me

Fannie Lou Hamer SFW40216

The 20th child of a Mississippi sharecropper family and a commanding voice of the Civil Rights Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) stood tall against the brutality, indignities, and intimidation of implacable racism. She harnessed her mother’s gifts of song and plain-spoken wisdom to steel her fellow seekers of social justice, the cause to which she gave her life. Songs My Mother Taught Me, a re-release of limited-edition 1963 field recordings, breathes new life into Fannie Lou Hamer’s inspiring legacy and her uncompromising call for a righteous world. 47 minutes, 32-page booklet with photos.

This recording is the eighth release in the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. This album was originally released as a limited-edition cassette tape at the Smithsonian Institution’s Voices of the Civil Rights Movement symposium in 1983. It was compiled by folklorist, activist, and GRAMMY-winner Worth Long and produced by renowned singer, song leader, and civil rights activist Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”

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Year Released 2015
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2015 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) African American Music; African American Spoken; Gospel; Historical Song; Struggle & Protest
Instrument(s) Gospel Choir; Piano; Talking; Vocals

Download Liner Notes

101 Precious Lord Fannie Lou Hamer 6:22
102 On Being a Sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer 5:13
103 Run Mourner, Run Fannie Lou Hamer 1:23
104 City Called Heaven Fannie Lou Hamer 3:31
105 All the Pretty Little Horses Fannie Lou Hamer 1:34
106 I’m Gonna Land on the Shore Fannie Lou Hamer 2:29
107 Oh Lord, You Know Just How I Feel Fannie Lou Hamer 4:04
108 I’m Going Down to the River of Jordan Fannie Lou Hamer 2:42
109 Jesus Is My Only Friend Fannie Lou Hamer 3:03
110 Pick a Bale of Cotton Fannie Lou Hamer 0:44
111 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning Fannie Lou Hamer 1:09
112 Walk With Me Fannie Lou Hamer 1:41
113 This Little Light of Mine Fannie Lou Hamer 3:08
114 Mass Meeting Speech Fannie Lou Hamer 5:08
115 Certainly Lord Fannie Lou Hamer 1:39
116 Woke Up This Morning Fannie Lou Hamer 2:36
117 Amazing Grace Fannie Lou Hamer 1:27
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