logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Folk Music Site

BellaOnline's Folk Music Editor

g

Godís Gonna Trouble the Water

Guest Author - Chris Curtis

Wade in the Water and Godís Gonna Trouble the Water are the same traditional African American spiritual or sorrow song. The song's rhythmic refrain, Wade In the Water, expresses the idea of purification and today, is often sung at baptisms as a reaffirmation of life. Certainly the idea of cleansing sin through immersion is seen in the ritual of baptism.

The legend is that a person would be healed by entering the water when the angels came to "trouble the waters". Additional meaning was given to the song in the South before the abolishment of slavery as it is known as a Coded Slave Song. It's message was that the trackers and bloodhounds would lose the scent of a run away slave once he entered the waters; thus the hidden meaning of the troubled waters washing away the scent of a man keeping he or she safe.

Ken Lyon of RI's award winning Celtic Band, Pendragon and formally of the 1960s Tombstone Blues Band does a wonderful version of this song. It is also the 3rd cut of Original Carter Family in Texas - Vol 1 released in 1978 by Old Homestead and cut #7 on Reflections on the Carter Family released in 1981 by Take II Productions.

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, Godís gonna trouble the water

Whoís that yonder dressed in red
Wade in water
Must be the children that Moses led
Godís gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, Godís gonna trouble the water

Whoís that yonder dressed in white
Wade in the water
Must be the children of the Israelite
Godís gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, Godís gonna trouble the water

Whoís that yonder dressed in blue
Wade in water
Must be the Children thatís cominí through
Godís gonna trouble the water
Godís gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, Godís gonna trouble the water

If you donít believe Iíve been redeemed
Wade in the water
Just see the holy ghost looking for me
Godís gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water, Godís gonna trouble the water

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Twitter Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Facebook Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to MySpace Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Del.icio.us Digg God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Yahoo My Web Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Google Bookmarks Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Stumbleupon Add God%92s+Gonna+Trouble+the+Water to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Folk Music Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Chris Curtis. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Chris Curtis. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Chris Thile Wins 2012 MacArthur Foundation Award

Music Through the Southern Heartland

Royal Southern Brotherhood

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor