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Down by the Riverside

Representative Text

1 Going to lay down my sword and shield,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to lay down my sword and shield,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more.

Chorus:
I ain't goingt' study war no more,
Ain't goingt' study war no more,
Ain't goingt' study war no more.
Ain't goingt' study war no more,
Ain't goingt' study war no more,
Ain't goingt' study war no more.

2 Going to lay down my burden,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to lay down my burden,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more. [Chorus]

3 Going to try on my starry crown,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to try on my starry crown,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more. [Chorus]

4 Going to meet my dear old father,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to meet my dear old father,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more. [Chorus]

5 Going to meet my dear old mother,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to meet my dear old mother,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more. [Chorus]

6 Going to meet my loving Jesus,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside,
Down by the riverside;
Going to meet my loving Jesus,
Down by the riverside,
Going to study war no more. [Chorus]

Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #625

Text Information

First Line: Goin' to lay down my sword and shield
Title: Down by the Riverside
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Ain't goin' to study war no more
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #10184
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)
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Chalice Hymnal #673

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Community of Christ Sings #321

Text

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #210

New Songs of Inspiration (vol. one) #162

Praise y Adoración #168a

Text

Singing the Living Tradition #162

TextPage Scan

Songs of Zion #138

TextPage Scan

The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #625

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #10184

Text

Worship in Song #295

Include 31 pre-1979 instances
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