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Deep River

Deep river, my home is over Jordan,
Deep river, I want to cross over into campground.
Deep  river, my home is over Jordan,
Deept river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child,
A long way from home,
A long way from home.
(True believer.)
A long way from home,
A long way from home.

Sumetimes I feel like I'm almost gone,
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone,
Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone,
(True believer.)
Way up in the heav'nly land,
Way up in the heav'nly land.

Oh, Peter Go Ring Dem Bells

Oh, Peter, go ring dem bells
Peter, go ring dem bells,
Peter, go ring dem bells,
I heard from Heaven today.
I wonder where brother Moses is gone,
I wonder where brother Daniel's gone,
Dey's gone where Elijah's gone,
I heard from Heaven today.

Chorus
I heard from Heaven today,
I heard from Heaven today,
I thank God, and I thank you too,
I heard from Heaven today.

 

The Lonesome Valley

My brother, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
My brother, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
Go down in the lonesome valley
Go down in the lonesome valley, my Lord;
Go down in the lonesome valley,
And meet my Jesus there.
My brother, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
My brother, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.

My sister, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
My sister, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
O John he wrote a letter
O John he wrote a letter, my Lord;
And Mary and Martha read it,
And met my Jesus there.
My sister, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.
My sister, want to get religion?
Go down in the lonesome valley.

 

 

Listen To The Lambs

Come on sister with your ups an' downs,
Want to go to Heaven when I die;
Angels waiting for to give you a gown,
Want to go to Heaven when I die,
Oh Listen to the

Come on sister an' don't be a-shame,
Want to go to Heaven when I die;
Angels waiting for to write your name,
Want to go to Heaven when I die,
Oh, Listen to the

Mind out brother how you walk de cross,
Want to go to Heaven when I die;
Foot might slip an' you should get lost,
Want to go to Heaven when I die,
Oh, Listen to the

Chorus
Listen to the lambs;
Listen to the lambs;
Listen to the lambs, cryin',
I want to get to Heaven when I die.
Oh, Listen to the lambs;
Listen to the lambs;
Listen to the lambs, cryin',
I want to go to Heaven when I die.

 

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see,
Coming for to carry me home;
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,
Coming for to carry me home;
Tell all my friends I'm coming too,
Coming for to carry me home.

Chorus
Swing Low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm a-Trav'ling To The Grave

My missis died a-shouting,
Singing glory hallelujah,
The last words she said to me,
Was about Jerusalem.

My brother died a-shouting,
Singing glory hallelujah,
The last words he said to me,
Was about Jerusalem.

My sister died a-shouting,
Singing glory hallelujah,
The last words she said to me,
Was about Jerusalem.

Chorus
I'm a-trav'ling to the grave,
I'm a-trav'ling to the grave, my Lord,
I'm a-trav'ling to the grave,
For to lay this body down.
 

 

Go Down, Moses

When Israel was in Egypt's land,
Let my people go;
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let my people go.

Thus Saith the Lord, bold Moses said,
Let my people go;
If not I'll smite your fist born dead,
Let my people go.

The Lord told Moses what to do,
Let my people go;
To lead the children of Israel through,
Let my people go.

Chorus
Go down, Moses,
'Way doen in Egypt's land.
Tell ole Pharaoh,
Let my people go.
 

 

It's a Me, O Lord Standin' In The Need of Prayer

Not my brother, it's me O Lord.
Not my sister it's a me O Lord,

Not my father, it's a me O Lord.
Not my mother it's ame O Lord,

Chorus
It's a me It's a me O Lord standin' in the need of prayer.
It's a me It's a me O Lord standin' in the need of prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steal Away

My Lord calls me;
He calls me by the thunder;
The trumpet sound within my soul,
I ain't got long to stay here.

Green trees are bending;
Poor sinner stands a-trembling,
The trumpet sound within my soul,
I ain't got long to stay here.

Tombstones are bursting;
Poor sinner stands a-trembling,
The trumpet sounds within my soul,
I ain't got long to stay here.

Chorus
Steal away, steal away,
Steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home,
I ain't got long to stay here.
 

 

 

 

My Way's Cloudy

There's fire in the east and fire in the west
Send them angels down,
And fire among the Methodist,
Oh send them angels down,
Oh bretheren.

Old Satan is mad, and I am glad
Send them angels down,
He missed the soul he thought he had,
Oh send them angels down,
Oh bretheren.

This is the year of jubilee,
Send them angels down,
The Lord has come to set us free,
Oh send them angels down,
Oh bretheren.

Chorus
Oh bretheren my way,
My way's cloudy my way,
Go send them angels down.
Oh bretheren my way,
My way's cloudy my way
Go send them angels down.
 
Hard Trials

De fox have hole in de ground;
An' de bird have nest in de air,
An' ev'rything have a hiding place,
But we poor sinners have none.
Now ain't that hard trials, tribulations?
Ain't that hard trials tribulations
I'm bound to leave this world.
You may go this-a way,
You may go that-a way,
You may go from do' to do'
But if you haven't got the grace of God in your heart,
De debil will get you sho'.
Now ain't that hard trials, tribulations?
Ain't that hard trials tribulations
I'm bound to leave this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heav'n, Heav'n Goin' to Shout All Over God's Heav'n

I've got a robe, you've got a robe,
All of God's children got a robe;
When I get to Heaven, goin' to put on my robe,
Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n,

I've got a crown, you've got a crown,
All of God's children got a crown;
When I get to Heaven, goin' to put on my crown,
Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n,

I've got a song, you've got a song,
All of God's children got a song;
When I get to Heaven, goin' to sing a new song;
Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n,

Chorus
Heav'n, Heav'n;
Evrybody talkin' 'bout heav'n ain't goin' there,
Heav'n, Heav'n,
Goin' to shout all over God's Heav'n,

 
I Don't Feel No-ways Tired

Oh I'm seeking for a city, Hallelujah,
For a city in to the Heaven, Hallelujah,
Oh the brethren travel with me, Hallelujah,
say will you go 'long with me, Hallelujah.

We will travel on together, Hallelujah,
Gwine to pull down Satan's kingdom, Hallelujah,
gwine to build up the walls o' Zion, Hallelujah.

Chorus
Lord I don't feel no ways tired children
Oh, glory Hallelujah!
For I hope to shout glory when this world is on fire,
Children Oh! glory Hallelujah.
 

 

 

 

 

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Had

Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down,
Oh, yes, Lord.
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground,
Oh, yes, Lord
Oh,

I never shall forget that day,
Oh, yes, Lord.
When Jesus washed my sins away,
Oh, yes, Lord
Oh,

Chorus
Nobody knows the trouble I've had,
Nobody knows but Jesus.
Nobody knows the trouble I've had,
Glory Hallelujah!
 

 

 

Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit

Upon the mountain my Lord spoke,
Out his mouth came fire and smoke.

All around me looks so shine,
Ask my Lord if all was mine.

Jordan river chilly and cold,
Chills the body not the soul.

Chorus
Ev'ry time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart
I will pray.
Ev'ry time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart
I will pray.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm A Rolling

O brothers won't you help me?
O brothers won't you help me to pray?
O brothers won't you help me,

O sisters won't you help me?
O sisters won't you help me to pray?
O sisters won't you help me,

O preachers won't you help me?
O preachers won't you help me to pray?
O preachers won't you help me,

Chorus
I'm a-rolling, I'm a-rolling,
I'm a-rolling thro' an unfriendly world,
I'm a-rolling, I'm a-rolling thro' an unfriendly world.

 

 

 



 

Wait 'Till I Put On My Crown

I came this night for to sing and pray,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
To drive old Satan far away,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
That heav'nly home is bright and fair,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
But very few can enter there,
Oh yes! Oh wait 'till I put on my crown
Wait 'till I put on my crown
Wait 'till I put on my crown
Oh yes, Oh yes.

If you want to catch that heav'nly breeze,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
Go down in the valley on your knees,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
Go bow your knees upon the ground,
Oh yes! Oh yes!
And ask your Lord to turn you 'round
Oh yes! Oh wait 'till I put on my robe
Wait 'till I put on my robe
Wait 'till I put on my robe
Oh yes, Oh, yes.
 

 

Jesus On The Waterside

Heav'n bell a-ring, I know de road,
Heav'n bell a-ring, I know de road;
Heav'n bell a-ring, I know de road,
Jesus sittin' on de waterside.
Do come along do let us go,
Do come along, do let us go,
Do come along, do let us go,
Jesus sittin' on de water-side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel

He deliver'd Daniel from the lion's den,
Jonah from the belly of the whale,
And the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace
And why not a every man.

I set my foot on the Gospel ship
And the ship it began to sail,
It landed me over on Canaan's shore
And I'll never come back any more.

Chorus
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel,
Deliver Daniel deliver Daniel.
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel,
And why not a every man?

 

 

 

 



 

Roll, Jordan, Roll

O brother,
You ought t'have been there,
Yes, my Lord!
A-sitting in the kingdom,
To hear Jordan roll.

O sister,
You ought t'have been there,
Yes, my Lord!
A-sitting in the kingdom,
To hear Jordan roll.

O sinners,
You ought t'have been there,
Yes, my Lord!
A-sitting in the kingdom,
To hear Jordan roll.

Chorus
Roll, Jordan, roll,
Roll, Jordan roll,
I want to go to heaven when I die,
To hear Jordan roll.

 
Wrestle On, Jacob

I held my brother with a trembling hand I would not let him go
I held my sister with a trembling hand I would not let her go.

Wrestle on Jacob,
Jacob, day is a breakin'
Wrestle on, Jacob,
Oh I will not let you go.

 

 

 


 

I've Been In The Storm So Long

Oh let me tell my mother, how I come along,
Oh give me little time to pray,
And a cast my crown at Jesus feet,
Oh give me little time to pray.

I'll go into heaven, and take my seat,
Oh give me little time to pray,
And a cast my crown at Jesus feet,
Oh give me little time to pray.

Chorus
I've been in the storm so long,
I've been in the storm so long, children,
I've been in the storm so long,
Oh give me little time to pray.
 
 

 

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December 2, 1866 to September 12, 1949

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