“Deep River”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1875 ("The Story of the Jubilee Singers")
Keywords: religious death river
Found in: US

Description

"Deep River, "(My home is over Jordan), I want to cross over (to the campground)." The singer hopes to cross (the Jordan) to heaven , there to meet family, friends, etc.

Notes

Not to be confused with either of two songs called "Deep River Blues" (one traditional, with the opening "Let it rain, let it pour; Let it rain a whole lot more..."; the other coming from the W. C. Handy tradition and beginning "Deep river, deep river, Mississippi River, so deep and wide my heart is breaking"). - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 594-595, "Deep River" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 370, "Deep River" (1 text)
  3. Fuld-WFM, p. 195, "Deep River"
  4. DT, DEEPRVR2
  5. Roud #12332
  6. BI, LxA594