Nursery Rhymes

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "He's got the whole world in His hands" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Song Meaning
The history of the "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations of at least the 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves as a spiritual declaration of trust and faith at their religious gatherings and as a popular camp song. The repetitious style of the lyrics were easy to remember and encouraged exuberant participation in singing this song, often accompanied by hand clapping. The song became popular with recording artists during the 1950's and the lyrics are probably the best known of all the African American Spirituals. We have placed "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Song
Title: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Lyrics

He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the sun and the rain in His hands,
He's got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He's got the wind and the clouds in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He's got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He's got you and he's got me in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got everybody here in His hands,
He's got everybody there in His hands,
He's got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

Information about the Song
Title of Song: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
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: "He's got the whole world in His hands"
Earliest Publication Date known: 1927. The lyrics of the song were first published in the hymnal entitled 'Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New'.

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