“All God's Children Got Shoes”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (recording, Fisk University Jubilee Quartet)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(SE)


"I got shoes, you got shoes, All got's children got shoes; When I get to heaven, gonna put on my shoes, Gonna (shout) all over God's heaven." Similarly with robes, crowns, wings, harps, etc.


Courlander believes this song to be based on the Revelation to John. It appears to me that it is simply an exuberant expression of a poor, oppressed Christian hope in the afterlife. - RBW



  1. BrownIII 550, "All God's Chillun Got Shoes" (2 texts plus 2 fragments)
  2. Courlander-NFM, p. 67, "(Goin' to Shout All over God's Heaven)" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 359, "All God's Children Got Shoes" (1 text)
  4. Roud #11826
  5. BI, CNFM067A