“Free At Last”


"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God a'mighty, I'm free at last!" "One of these mornings bright and fair, I'm gonna put on my wings and try the air." "Old Satan's mad because we're glad...." "I wonder what old Satan's grumblin' bout...."


The versions of this all seem rather fragmentary, and some may be floating bits of other songs. The line "Satan is mad and I am glad" seems to be about as characteristic of this song as anyrhing, but it also floats. - RBW

Cross references


  • Dock Reed & Vera Hall Ward, "Free At Last" (on NFMAla2) (on Babylon)


  1. BrownIII 624, "Old Satan's Mad" (5 text, of which the short "A" text is probably "Free at Last"; "B" is a variation on "Down By the Riverside (Study War No More)"; "C" has the "Old Satan's Mad" stanza but a "climbing Zion's walls" chorus; D" is an unidentifiable fragment perhaps related to "I Belong to that Band; and "E" is also a fragment, perhaps of "Free At Last")
  2. Randolph 302, "The Devil's Mad and I Am Glad" (1 fragment, possibly this one)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 368, "Free At Last" (1 text)
  4. Roud #10974
  5. BI, FSWB368A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE,So)