“Michael, Row the Boat Ashore”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1867 (Allen, Ware, Garrison)
Keywords: religious nonballad travel river ship work worksong floatingverses shanty
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"Michael, row the boat ashore, (h)allelujah" (x2). Remaining verses tend to be about the difficulty of crossing (Jordan) to heaven: "Jordan's river is chilly and cold, (h)allelujah; Chills the body but not the soul...."

Notes

Seeger dates this Georgia sea islands worksong from the mid-19th century. - PJS

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References

  1. PSeeger-AFB, p. 75, "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 97, "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore" (1 text)
  3. DT, MICHAELR
  4. Roud #11975
  5. BI, DTmichae