Ol’ Man River… arguably, Paul Robeson’s most well-known song
The House I Live In… my fave amongst Robeson’s œuvre
Land of My Fathers… Robeson sings a Welsh classic
One of the Cabinet sent me this commenting on a recent post:
It’s a debate that definitely needs to happen… not only in the UK, God knows. When we heard, historically, about a nation “half slave and half free“, it didn’t only pertain to the bondage that we call “slavery”. The involuntary servitude of those who work two jobs, many of them physically-exhausting or emotionally-stultifying, so that others can watch sculls glide down the Thames or watch the stocks climb on the big board is also servitude, and it’s, at best, semi-voluntary. As Paul Robeson sang, “You an’ me, we sweat an’ strain, Body all achin’ an’ racked wid pain. Tote that barge, lift that bale; show a little grit, and you lands in jail”. As though poor people have nothing better to do… the utterly-obscene cheek of it!
I quite agree. There are too many in the Church who “enable” the affluent effluent. We all know who they are… Potapov, Paffhausen, Lyonyo, and Dreher are merely some of the more well-known. Let’s put it plainly… if Our Lord Christ were to drive up to many parishes (especially, konvertsy outfits) in his beat-up pickup, well… He’d be told (in so many words) to “know his place”. That’s sad… we have a hell of a lot of housecleaning on our plate, don’t we?
Click here, here, and here for Parts 1-3 of Robeson’s best film performance, The Proud Valley (1940)… he plays David Goliath, an American miner in Wales…