GO DOWN MOSES

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GO DOWN MOSES
“Go Down Moses” is an American Negro spiritual. It describes events in the Old
Testament of the Bible, specifically Exodus 5:1. Although usually thought of as a
spiritual, the earliest recorded use of the song was as a rallying anthem for the
Contrabands at Fort Monroe sometime before July of 1862. The song was made famous
by Paul Robeson whose voice, deep and resonant as it was, was said by some to have
attained the status of the voice of God. On February 7, 1958, the song was recorded in
New York, NY, and sung by Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra.
Go down Moses
way down in Egypt land
tell all Pharaohs to
Let My People Go!
When Israel was in Egypt land…
Let My People Go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand…
Let My People Go!
Go down Moses
way down in Egypt land
tell all Pharaohs to
Let My People Go!’
So Moses went to Egypt land…
Let My People Go!
He made all Pharaohs understand…
Let My People Go!
Yes The Lord said ‘Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
tell all Pharaohs to
Let My People Go!’
Thus spoke the Lord, bold Moses said:
-Let My People Go!
‘If not I’ll smite, your firstborn’s dead’
-Let My People Go!
God-The Lord said ‘Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
tell all Pharaohs to
Let My People Go!’
tell all Pharaohs
to Let My People Go