“Jacob's Ladder (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1867
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(Ap,SE)


"I am (we are) climbing Jacob's ladder... And I won't be troubled any more. As soon as my feet strikes Zion's walls, I won't be troubled any more." "Goin' to see my father/mother/sister/brother in the kingdom...." Alternate end: "Soldiers of the cross."


In Gen. 28:12, Jacob dreams of a "ladder" (ramp/stairway) from earth with its top "reaching to heaven, and the angels of God climbing up and down it." - RBW

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 536, "Jacob's Ladder" (3 texts, but only the "B" text could be this, and even it might be something else)
  2. Combs/Wilgus 320, p. 190, "Jacob's Ladder" (1 text)
  3. Lomax-FSNA 235, "Jacob's Ladder" (1 text, 1 tune, plus a union/liberal parody)
  4. Fuson, p. 204, "Hide Thou Me" (1 text, probably a mix, with the form of "Rock of Ages (II -- Hide Me Over Rock of Ages" but verses from "Jacob's Ladder"); p. 213, "I Am On My Way" (1 text)
  5. SharpAp 212, "Jacob's Ladder" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 358, "Jacob's Ladder" (1 text)
  8. Roud #2286
  9. BI, CW190A