Friday, 27 July 2012
The Ballad of the Underground Railroad
The Ballad of the Underground Railroad By Charles L. Blockson The Underground Train, Strange as it seems, Carried many passengers And never was seen It wasn’t made of wood, It wasn’t made of steel; A man-made train that Ran without wheels. The train was known By many a name. But the greatest of all Was “The Freedom Train” The Quakers, the Indians, Gentiles and Jews, Were some of the people Who made up the crews. Free Blacks and Christians And Atheists, too, Were the rest of the people Who made up the crews. Conductors and agents Led the way at night, Guiding the train By the North Star Light. The passengers were The fugitive slaves Running from slavery And its evil ways. Running from the whip And the overseer, From the slave block And the Auctioneer. They didn’t want their masters To catch them again, So men dressed as women And the women dressed as men.