“That Old Time Religion”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1872 ("Jubilee Songs as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers")
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(SE,So)


"Give me that (or: It's the/that) old time religion (x3), And it's good enough for me." Verses describe those for whom it was good enough: "It was good for Paul and Silas" "It was good for the Hebrew children," "It was good for my dear parents," etc.


This piece was copyrighted in 1891 by Charlie D. Tillman -- but given that the text sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers was printed in 1880, the claim is obviously bogus.

This seems, for all intents and purposes, to have become a parody of itself of late. All three Digital Tradition versions, for instance, are modern versions praising various improbable deities (I suspect that most of the verses are filk). It's not really surprising, given the excellent tune and the asinine lyrics of the original. - RBW

Same tune



  1. BrownIII 640, "That Old-Time Religion" (1 text)
  2. Chappell-FSRA 91, "The Old Time Religion" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph 628, "The Old Time Religion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 438-440, "The Old-Time Religion" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 628)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 362, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (1 text)
  6. Roud #6423
  7. BI, R628