Down To The River To Pray

Album: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the starry crown
    Good Lord, show me the way!

    O sisters, let's go down,
    Let's go down, come on down
    O sisters, let's go down
    Down in the river to pray

    As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the robe and crown
    Good Lord, show me the way!

    O brothers, let's go down
    Let's go down, come on down
    Come on, brothers, let's go down
    Down in the river to pray

    As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the starry crown
    Good Lord, show me the way!

    O fathers, let's go down
    Let's go down, come on down
    O fathers, let's go down
    Down in the river to pray

    As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the robe and crown
    Good Lord, show me the way!

    O mothers, let's go down
    Let's go down; don't you want to go down?
    Come on, mothers, let's go down
    Down in the river to pray

    As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the starry crown
    Good Lord, show me the way!

    O sinners, let's go down
    Let's go down, come on down
    O sinners, let's go down
    Down in the river to pray

    As I went down in the river to pray
    Studying about that good old way
    And who shall wear the robe and crown
    Good Lord, show me the way! Writer/s: Traditional
    Publisher: Public Domain
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Mike from Syracuse, NyLest I forget to give props to the First Baptist Church of White House, TN, as well as such heavenly vocalists as Tim O'Brien, Maura O'Connell, Pat Enright, Sam Phillips and Gillian Welch, all of whom sing backup on this song. Of course, all of this without benefit of musical instruments of any type. This is sung a cappella, and the harmonies are wonderful.
  • Mike from Syracuse, NyI am going to include a quote here that comes from a review of an Alison Krauss CD on allmusic.com because the writer puts it much more eloquently than I ever could. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes here. "The simple fact is that every time Krauss opens her mouth to sing, angels stop what they're doing and take notes. There may be no musical pleasure quite as pure and sweet as listening to Krauss sing "Baby, Now That I've Found You" or "When You Say Nothing at All." And when she starts in on the impossibly beautiful gospel tune "Down to the River to Pray," the effect is almost disturbingly moving."
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