Nursery Rhymes

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "You may talk about the men of Gideon" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations during the late 1700's to 1800's when many African American slaves had been converted to Christianity. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves as a reference to the Biblical story of Jericho is told in Joshua 6:1-27. The Bible recounts the Battle of Jericho by the Israelites in their conquest of Canaan (the Promised Land) following the Exodus. The Israelites marched around the walls and when the priests blew their ram's horns, the Israelites raised a great shout, and the walls of the city fell. The Biblical stories of Moses and Joshua, their release from bondage, quest for freedom and a new life, resounded with the African American slaves. We have placed "Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Song
Title: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho Lyrics



1 You may talk about the men of Gideon;
you may talk about the men of Saul;
there's none like good old Joshua,
at the battle of Jericho.

Refrain:
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
and the walls came tumbling down.

2 Up to the walls of Jericho
he marched with sword in hand,
"Go blow those ram's horns," Joshua cried,
"for the battle is in God's hands." (Refrain)


3 Then the horns began to bellow,
the trumpets began to sound,
and Joshua commanded the children to shout,
and the walls came tumbling down. (Refrain)

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
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: "You may talk about the men of Gideon"
First Publication Date: 1865, after the American Civil War (1861 - 1865).

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