“Keep On a-Walking (Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 (source tune recorded by Jimmy Davis in 1936)
Keywords: discrimination political nonballad
Found in: US


"Ain't gonna let nobody, Lordy, Turn me 'round (x3)... Keep on a-walking, Keep on a-talking, Marchin' on to freedom land." Similarly "Ain't gonna let no jailhouse... Turn me round," etc. Versions may refer to local events


This song, an activist hymn from the civil rights and labor movements, was clearly adapted from "I Ain't Gonna Let Ol' Satan Turn Me Round." Jimmie Davis recorded that song; in view of the later adaptation, it's ironic that his second successful run for governor was on a racist platform, pledging resistance to integration. - PJS

Same tune



  1. Scott-BoA, pp. 374-375, "Keep On a-Walkin'" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 303, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round" (1 text)
  3. cf. Greenway-AFP, p. 234, "Don't Turn Around" (1 text, probably a union adaption of this song)
  4. BI, SBoA374