The Banjo Man
Her name was Phillis Wheatley
from Africa she came
they captured her and thousands more
and shackled them in chains
to work the fields of the Americas
West Indies sugar cane
they called for her and other girls
but never used their names

Through the darkened depths
there rosae a lovely melody
the banjo man cut through it all
as he made his banjo ring
they never broke her spirit
though they certainly did try
she kept her pride, her hope and joy
tucked with his tune deep inside

Chorus:
I will bend, but I will not break
I will shake these chains of blues away
I know I'll find a way to get through anything
as long as I have the tune of the banjo man
hear his banjo ring

They landed in America, to Boston Town she came
she never got to thank him, never knew his name
she was sold to a rich family
and she learned to write and read
she wrote to the rhythm of the tune he played
while they were out at sea

Chorus:
I will bend, but I will not break
I will shake these chains of blues away
I know I'll find a way to learn most anything
as long as I have the tune of the banjo man
hear his banjo ring

One Christmas eve she walked the streets
a slave she was no more when something on display caught her eye inside the store
She asked the man to take it down
and he played the melody
of the tune she carried for so long in her memory

I will bend, but I will not break
I will shake these chains of blues away
I know I'll find a way to learn most anything
as long as I have the tune of the banjo man
hear his banjo ring

I will bend, but I will not break
I will shake these chains of blues away
I know the moment my heart was finally freed
the night I found the banjo man and I heard
his banjo ring

Yes, I know the moment, my heart was finally free
the night I found the banjo man and he played his tune
that Christmas eve