Folk Song, “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”

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“Michael, Row The Boat Ashore” is one of the most memorable folk songs we sang as kids. The simple, repetitive lyrics were something we knew. It was sung around campfires and in churches regularly. Do you remember learning this or singing it?

The story of this unforgettable song is intertwined in the history of America itself. It’s believed to be a song of slaves and is connected to modern civil rights. You’ll also find that it is a popular children’s song because it is easy to learn and the melody is soft and sweet.

Maybe it was one of the first songs you learned yourself. None the less, there is no doubt of its impact on countless generations.

 

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Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah

Sister help to trim the sails, Hallelujah
Sister help to trim the sails, Hallelujah

Jordan’s river is deep and wide, Hallelujah
And I’ve got a home on the other side, Hallelujah

Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah

Michael’s boat is a music boat, Hallelujah
Michael’s boat is a music boat, Hallelujah

Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah

The trumpets sound the jubilee, Hallelujah
The trumpets sound for you and me, Hallelujah

Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah

Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, Hallelujah

 

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What was your favorite childhood folk song? Did you sing this one? Share your memories in the comment section below.

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