Freedom, Come

This call-and-response song by Ben Allaway is inspired by South African-style songs of the anti-Apartheid movement. It is effective as a protest song, as a prayer for healing and liberation, and is sung by some congregations at the Easter Vigil. The piece can be sung a cappella or you could add percussion.

"Inside these walls: Freedom, come!
Come, one and all: Freedom, come!
Come with your burdens: Freedom, come!
We will share your burdens: Freedom, come!

Teaching note: Teach the rhythmic “Alleluia” first, making sure to help the community hear the wonderful syncopation. Repeat it until it feels sturdy. Then, teach the response “Freedom, come,” which is consistent throughout.

Ben has given faith communities permission to sing and share the song without copyright restrictions.

Sheet music can be found in Music By Heart, our first collection of paperless songs. The piece also is available in SATB and TTBB choral versions.

Here's a video of the song taught by Paul Vasile at a workshop in Houston, TX.

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