Item Spotlight: Davis Singing Stonewall Nation


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In celebration of this morning’s Supreme Court ruling, which recognized same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, we invite you to listen to Madeline Davis’s 1971 gay liberation song, “Stonewall Nation,” as recorded on the local gay radio program Friends. 44 years ago, Davis first proclaimed through this song that “the Stonewall nation is gonna be free.” Today, although the LGBT+ community continues to face countless challenges, we are one step closer to being free.

This item is part of our collection Friends Radio Program Records, 1973-1982, contributed by Bruce Pennington.  Visit our online archives for more historical artifacts telling the stories of our community.


Stonewall Nation
I don’t want to see my brothers
Kicked into the dust no more
Their dreams all turned to rust no more
No more, no more.

I don’t want to see my sisters
Having to give in no more
Their loving called a sin no more
No more, no more.

And the Stonewall Nation’s
gonna have its liberation
Wait and see, just wait and see.

For together we can rise above it
We’re gonna be ourselves and love it
The Stonewall nation is gonna be free.

Come on brothers, march along
We’re all gonna sing our song
Right now, right now.

Sisters, take me by the hand.
We’re gonna build our promised land.
Right now, right now.

And the Stonewall Nation’s
Gonna have its liberation
Wait and see, just wait and see.

You can take your tolerance and stow it
We’re gonna be ourselves and show it
The Stonewall Nation is gonna be free.