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Back Of The Bus

If You Miss Me At The Back Of The Bus, is a song from the American Civil Rights Movement, originally performed by Pete Seeger.

“The song was written in response to attempts to desegregate a public swimming pool in Cairo, Illinois after a young African-American man drowned while swimming in a local river due to the pool not allowing any African-Americans to use it. The song depicts attitude of the African American community towards civil rights during the 1960s. In his book Everybody Says Freedom with Bob Reiser, Seeger commented that people would improvise new lyrics to the song to comment on various situations. The song’s popularity grew after it began to be used as one of the anthems for the Civil rights movement” – Wikipedia.

The videos below are of it being sung around a campfire (the first line has been cut off by the recording) and of the Pete Seeger original.

If you miss me at the back of the bus
And you can’t find me nowhere
Come on over to the front of the bus
And I’ll be riding up there

If you miss me in the Mississippi mud
And you can’t find me nowhere
Come on over to the swimming pool
And I’ll be swimming right there.

If you miss me in the cotton fields
And you can’t find me nowhere
Come on over to the courthouse
And I’ll be voting right there.

If you miss me on the picket line
And you can’t find me nowhere
come on over to the city jail
And I’ll be rooming right there.

If you miss me at the back of the bus
And you can’t find me nowhere
Come on over to the front of the bus
And I’ll be riding up there

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