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Many Thousand Go, song lyrics

No more peck o' corn for me,
No more, no more;
No more peck o' corn for me
Many thousand go

No more driver's lash for me,
No more, no more;
No more driver's lash for me.
Many thousand go.

No more pint o' salt for me,
No more, no more;
No more pint o' salt for me.
Many thousand go.

No more hundred lash for me,
No more, no more;
No more hundred lash for me.
Many thousand go.
No more mistress' call for me,
No more, no more;
No more mistress' call for me.
Many thousand go.

No more auction block for me,
No more, no more;
No more auction block for me.
Many thousand go.

Unknown, MANY THOUSAND GO, SONG LYRICS (1867). Atlantic Monthly, June 1867.

Creator African American slaves
Context Slaves had long created songs that they sang while working.
Audience Fellow slaves
Purpose To pass the time and to make (often covert) political statements

Historical Significance

For generations before the Civil War broke out, African American slaves used repetitive work songs to make the day seem shorter, and to express resentment toward slavery and masters. They drew on that tradition in creating new songs to sing together during the war. "Many Thousand Go" was one of those songs.

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