Michael row the boat ashore Lyrics
The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Michael, row the boat a-shore Hallelujah!" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Michael row the boat ashore" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.
Michael row the boat ashore Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Michael row the boat ashore" song lyrics date back to the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). Meaning: The song was originally sung by slaves as a boat song by slaves who worked as rowers on canoes, flatboats or rough sailing vessels called Periaguas shipping goods via rivers from plantations to ports for exportation. The identity of "Michael" has been lost in time but possibly referred to the name of a lead oarsman or as a Biblical reference to Revelation 12:7-12 that tells of the archangel Michael who led the armies of God to defeat the forces of Satan and ejected Satan from Paradise. We have placed "Michael row the boat ashore" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.
Michael row the boat ashore Song
Title: Michael row the boat ashore *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals