Nursery Rhymes

Amen Song

Amen Song Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Amen, Oh Lawdy!" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Amen Song" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Amen Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Amen Song" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's when the song was sung by slaves as a religious song celebrating the major events in the life of Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion and resurrection. The lyrics of the hymn make use of repetition and uses the "call and response" style often found in many African-American work songs. We have placed "Amen Song" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Amen Song
Title: Amen Song *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Amen Song
Type of Hymn: Christian, "call and response" style
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American
Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "Amen, Oh Lawdy!"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

Amen Song Lyrics

* One person sings the verse while everyone else continues to sing "Amen."

Amen, Oh Lawdy!
Amen. Have mercy
Amen, Amen, Amen

See the little baby
Lying in a manger
On Christmas morning
Amen, Amen, Amen

See Him in a temple
Talking to the elders
How are they marvelled
Amen, Amen, Amen

See Him at the seashore
Preaching to the people
Healing all the sick ones
Amen, Amen, Amen

See Him at the garden
Praying to the father
In deepest sorrow
Amen, Amen, Amen

See Him on the cross
Bearing all my sins
In bitter agony
Amen, Amen, Amen

Yes, He died to save us
And He rose in Easter
Now He lives for ever
Amen, Amen, Amen

Hallelujah!
Jesus is my Saviour
For He lives forever
Amen, Amen, Amen.

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