“I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray”

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


"Couldn't hear nobody pray, I couldn't hear nobody pray, Well, way down yonder by myself I couldn't hear nobody pray." "In the valley... On my knees... Callin' Jesus... So lonesome... In the mornin'... In the evenin'...."


Not to be confused with "Wreck on the Highway," which uses a similar phrase in its chorus. -PJS

Cross references



  1. Lomax-FSNA 246, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 351, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (1 text)
  3. Roud #11949
  4. BI, LoF247