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 Spirituals