Go Down, Moses Lyrics
The words and lyrics of this
African American Spiritual begin with "Go down
Moses, way down in Egypt land" as the first
line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Go Down, Moses"
song were passed on verbally and the names of the
author and composer are therefore unknown.
Go Down, Moses Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Go Down, Moses"
song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations
between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves as a
Biblical reference to the story of the conflict
between Moses and the Pharaoh. The lyrics describe
the events detailed in Exodus 8:1 and the demands of
Moses to release of the Israelites from bondage in
Egypt. The underlying symbolism of the lyrics
compares the Hebrews to the African American slaves,
the Pharaoh and the slave owners and the similar
level of oppression the slaves were subjected to. We have placed
"Go Down, Moses" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.
Go Down, Moses Song
Title: Go Down, Moses *** Name
of Composer: Unknown *** Name
Author / Writer of Lyrics:
Unknown *** Category: Slave
Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro