Balm in Gilead Lyrics
The words and lyrics of this
African American Spiritual begin with "Sometimes
I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain" as the first
line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Balm in Gilead"
song were passed on verbally and the names of the
author and composer are therefore unknown.
Balm in Gilead Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Balm in Gilead"
song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations
between the 1600's to 1800's when the song was
sung by slaves as a reference to Jeremiah chapter 8
and Jeremiah chapter 46 in the Bible. Meaning: This religious
song reflects the concept of healing, hope and
salvation through Jesus Christ. We have placed
"Balm in Gilead" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.
Balm in Gilead Song
Title: Balm in Gilead *** Name
of Composer: Unknown *** Name
Author / Writer of Lyrics:
Unknown *** Category: Slave
Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro
Information about the
Title of Song: Balm in Gilead
Type of song: Religious
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author:
Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs
aka African American
Spirituals or Negro
First Line of Song: "Sometimes
I feel discouraged and think
my work’s in vain"
First Publication Date:
1867. The lyrics of the song
were first published in
'Slave Songs of the United