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