On An Underground Railroad
Lyrics by Kinny Landrum

In 1831 a slave named Tice

Escaped to Ohio 'cross a river of ice

His owner followed him all the way along

But when they got to bank, ol' Tice was gone

He looked around for him far and wide

But then he rowed on back to the Kentucky side

He said, "That boy sure can swim,

I never seen hide or hair of him."

 

But he musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Don't know where he's bound

But he's going underground

 

The spark of freedom was so strong

It spread like a fire before too long

Uncle Tom's Cabin fanned the flames

But those who helped went by many names

There was Harriet Tubman, They called her Moses

'Cause she led so many out of Egypt to roses

And Levi Coffin they called President

'Cause his was the house where three lines went

Henry Brown mailed himself in a box

To Philly, he musta been crazy like a fox

Now John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave

'Cause there's so many that he tried to save

 

They all musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Don't know where they're bound

But they're going underground

 

It wasn't no subway and it wasn't no train

But still they used the same kind of names

Like conductors and passengers, stations and tracks

And you knew it was safe when you saw a quilt out back

With a smoking chimney on top

This was a place where you could stop for the night

Until the morning came

And you had to get back on board the train

 

Because you're goin' on off on the Underground Railroad

Goin' on off on the Underground Railroad

Goin' on off on the Underground Railroad

Don't know where you're bound

But you're going underground

 

In 1856 the Supreme Court said

A slave is a slave until he's dead

Dred Scott was chattel, not a man

And he wasn't a citizen of any land

The Fugitive Slave Law gave 'em the right

To pick up a man off the street at night

And ship him in chains back down South

He had no defense, he couldn't open his mouth

Anyone who helped could be thrown in jail

And fined a grand without any bail

No wonder so many felt the time was now

They had to do something somehow

They got together and put a movement in place

To help their brothers in this human race

 

And they all went off on an Underground Railroad

All went off on an Underground Railroad

All went off on an Underground Railroad

Don't know where they're bound

But they're going underground

 

(Bass solo)

You know he musta gone off (on an Underground Railroad)

You know he musta gone off (on an Underground Railroad)

You know he musta gone off (on an Underground Railroad)

Goin' underground

 

(Everybody)

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Musta gone off on an Underground Railroad

Don't know where he's bound

But he's going underground

You can also listen to a RealAudio version of this song at http://www.ushistory.com/sounds/rrail.ram

Created 4/25/96 / Last Update 5/1/96

Created By Kevin Lamb, a Wixon student,

who is also the author of Kevin Lamb's Guide to Music

Activity: Make your own rap on the Underground Railroad and present it in class. USE YOUR IMAGINATION!!!!

Source: http://www.capecod.net/nhwixon/railroad.htm