A SONG FOR TALLAHASSEE CORE
You gotta sit down at the dimestore counter
You gotta sit down there for yourself
Ain't nobody else can sit there for you
You gotta sit down there for yourself.
You gotta ride up on the front of the bus
You gotta ride up where the free men ride
You don't want to be a slave forever
You gotta ride up where the free men ride.
You gotta sign up to be a voter
Down at the courthouse all alone
Ain't [nobody] here can sign up for yourself
You gotta go down there all alone.
You'll never be free until you act free
You gotta find freedom for yourself
No court of law can free a coward
You gotta find freedom for yourself.
Yes! We're gonna rise up and win our freedom
Yes! We're gonna walk proud like free men should
On that great day when all are equal
We're gonna walk proud like free men should.
State Archives of Florida: Collection N2015-1, Box 01, Folder 13
Lyrics to a Tallahassee CORE protest song for picket lines written by Florida civil rights activist Jeff Poland.
The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was a civil rights organization that practiced non-violent direct action.