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Freeman Cave

I cherish my freedom Hard earned though it was Through the abolitionist railway And those who supported the cause An African slave, though free upon birth I was sold as a slave And was now bound to the earth Run for the caves boy Run for the caves Run for your freedom Or die here a slave Run for the caves boy Run for the caves Run for your freedom Or die here a slave Late in the dark I heard of the routes To the new land of freedom I was resolute I would run for my life Leave my family behind I would run for the caves And the new life I'd find Bound to plantation I was just something to trade I would run for my freedom The decision was made From South Carolina I'd head to the coast I'd run for my freedom I'd then be a ghost Follow the signs That was all that I heard They know you are coming Just remember the word Stray from the darkness A dead slave you will be With the last thought you'll have That you'll never die free Boats on the seacoast Up to Salem they sail Look for the sign And remember the trail Make for the caves They'll find you where The water is highest They'll come get you there From there up to Salem And one more step to go Stick with the railroad The way that they know Make way when the moon Is down low in the sky If you're found in the meantime It's a fact you will die Freedom is costly But, it is within reach Make for the caves At the north end of the beach From New England go on to the north or the west Both spell out freedom The end of your quest Don't look over your shoulder just follow the signs They know you are coming stay deep in the pines Remember all those Who have made Freeman Cave Follow their symbols And don't die a slave There are people who will Help you free from the strife But, for now find the caves And son, run for your life.... Run for the caves boy Run for the caves Run for your freedom Or die here a slave Run for the caves boy Run for the caves Run for your freedom Or die here a slave

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Date: 4/21/2018 10:33:00 AM
I love the way this thrums with urgency.. the shortness of the lines and the sharp little rhymes really set the atmosphere. Mesmerising stuff.
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Date: 4/21/2018 4:13:00 AM
Truly entertaining...Well written...
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