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MICHAEL ROW THE BOAT ASHORE, by                    
First Line: "michael row de boat ashore, / hallelujah!"
Last Line: "singer row to save your soul, / hallelujah!"
Subject(s): African Americans - Song & Music;black Songs; Negro Spirituals


Michael row de boat ashore,
Hallelujah!

Michael boat a gospel boat,
Hallelujah!

I wonder where my mudder deh,
Hallelujah!
See my mudder on de rock gwine home,
Hallelujah!

On de rock gwine home in Jesus' name,
Hallelujah!

Michael boat a music boat,
Hallelujah!

Gabriel blow de trumpet horn,
Hallelujah!

O you mind your boastin' talk,
Hallelujah!

Boastin' talk will sink your soul,
Hallelujah!

Brudder, lend a helpin' hand,
Hallelujah!

Sister, help for trim dat boat,
Hallelujah!

Jordan stream is wide and deep,
Hallelujah!

Jesus stand on t' oder side,
Hallelujah!

I wonder if my maussa deh,
Hallelujah!

My fader gone to unknown land,
Hallelujah!

O de Lord he plant his garden deh,
Hallelujah!

He raise de fruit for you to eat,
Hallelujah!

He dat eat shall neber die,
Hallelujah!

When de riber overflow,
Hallelujah!

O poor sinner, how you land?
Hallelujah!

Riber run and darkness comin',
Hallelujah!

Sinner row to save your soul,
Hallelujah!






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