I Shall Not Be Moved

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"I Shall Not Be Moved" is an African American spiritual. The song describes how the singer is "like a tree planted by the waters" who "shall not be moved" because of their faith in God. Secularly, as "We Shall Not Be Moved" it gained popularity as a Civil Rights Movement, protest, and union song.[1]

The text is based on a portion of Biblical scripture, namely Jeremiah 17:8-9 -- Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

In Great Britain in the 1980s the song was used by the popular British wrestler Big Daddy as his walk-on music, which would be greeted by cheers from the fans. "We Shall Not Be Moved" is sung at home matches by supporters of Leicester City Football Club in England's Premier League of Association Football.[2][3]

David Spener has written a book documenting the history of this song title, including how it was translated into Spanish changing the first singular to first person plural, "No Nos Moverán".[4]

Recorded versions[edit]

Among others, the following artists recorded "I (We) Shall Not Be Moved":


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