Nursery Rhymes

My Army Cross Over

My Army Cross Over Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "My army cross over. O, Pharaoh's army drownded!" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "My Army Cross Over" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

My Army Cross Over Song Meaning and History
The history of the "My Army Cross Over" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations of the 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung as a  boat song by slaves who worked as rowers and oarsmen. The lyrics refer to the Biblical story in Exodus of the conflict between Moses and the Pharaoh and how the Egyptian forces were vanquished. The "River Jordan" was a code name used by slaves in reference to the Ohio River which was the dividing line between slavery in the slave states and freedom in the non-slave states. We have placed "My Army Cross Over" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

My Army Cross Over Song
Title: My Army Cross Over *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

My Army Cross Over Lyrics

My army cross over,
My army cross over.
O, Pharaoh's army drownded!
My army cross over.

"We 'll cross de mighty river,
My army cross over;
We 'll cross de river Jordan,
My army cross over;

We 'll cross de danger water,
My army cross over;

We 'll cross de mighty Myo,
My army cross over. (Thrice.)

O, Pharaoh's army drownded!
My army cross over.

Information about the Song
Title of Song: My Army Cross Over
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: "My army cross over. O, Pharaoh's army drownded!"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in the Atlantic Monthly as 'Negro Spirituals' compiled by Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

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