JACOBS LADDER

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JACOBS LADDER
“We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” (often titled as “Jacob’s Ladder”) is a spiritual, often
used as a Sunday school song, Gospel song, or folk song, that depicts the Biblical story of
Jacob’s Ladder. The spiritual saw a parallel in the ladder’s steps representing the
upcoming exiles of the Jews with the tribulations of American slavery, with both to be
ended by example of God‘s covenant to Jacob.
Notable recordings of the song include those by Paul Robeson, The Staples Singers,
Doris Troy, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Rush and Bruce Springsteen.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Avery Brooks sang “We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” at
the end of his performances as Paul Robeson in Phillip Hayes Dean’s play Paul Robeson.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
Brothers, sisters, all
Every rung goes higher and higher
Every rung goes higher and higher
Every rung goes higher and higher
Brothers, sisters, all
We are dancing Sarah’s circle
We are dancing Sarah’s circle
We are dancing Sarah’s circle
Sisters, brothers, all
Every round a generation
Every round a generation
Every round a generation
Sisters, brothers, all
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder