"If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus"
Single by Pete Seeger
from the album We Shall Overcome
Songwriter(s)Charles Neblett

"If You Miss Me at The Back of the Bus" was a song written by Charles Neblett and recorded by Pete Seeger on his album We Shall Overcome in 1963.[1] 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.[2] The song depicts the attitude of the African-American community towards the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s.[3] In his book with Bob Reiser, Everybody Says Freedom, Seeger commented that people would improvise new lyrics to the song to reflect on various situations.[4] The song's popularity grew after it began to be used as one of the anthems for the civil rights movement.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Sapon-Shevin, Mara (2010). Because We Can Change the World. Corwin Press. p. 217. ISBN 978-1412978385.
  2. ^ Martin, Bradford (2004). The Theater Is in the Street: Politics and Public Performance in 1960s America. University of Massachusetts Press. pp. 25, 41–42. ISBN 1558494588.
  3. ^ "IF YOU MISS ME FROM THE BACK OF THE BUS". olemiss.edu. Archived from the original on 2010-09-23. Retrieved 5 June 2012. ((cite web)): Check |url= value (help)
  4. ^ Seeger, Pete (2009). Everybody Says Freedom. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 72. ISBN 978-0393306040.
  5. ^ Young, Ralph (2009). Dissent in America: Voices That Shaped a Nation. Longman. p. 340. ISBN 978-0205605415.