Nursery Rhymes

Old Time Religion

Old Time Religion Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "It was good for Paul and Silas" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Old Time Religion" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Old Time Religion Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Old Time Religion" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations of the early 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves that contained reference to Bible stories that resounded with their ideals of freedom from slavery. The story of Paul and Silas is told in Acts 16:19-26 regarding their captivity and the earthquake that opened the prison doors and loosed everyone's chains. The reference to the "Hebrew Children" is taken from Exodus which tells of the conflict between Moses and the Pharaoh and how the Egyptian was forced to release the Israelites from bondage. We have placed "Old Time Religion" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Old Time Religion Song
Title: Old Time Religion *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Old Time Religion Lyrics

Refrain:
Give me that old time religion,
Give me that old time religion,
Give me that old time religion,
It's good enough for me.


1 It was good for Paul and Silas,
It was good for Paul and Silas,
It was good for Paul and Silas,
It's good enough for me. [Refrain]


2 It was good for the Hebrew children,
It was good for the Hebrew children,
It was good for the Hebrew children,
It's good enough for me. [Refrain]


3 It was good for our mothers,
It was good for our mothers,
It was good for our mothers,
It's good enough for me. [Refrain]


4 Makes me love ev'ry body,
Makes me love ev'ry body,
Makes me love ev'ry body,
It's good enough for me. [Refrain]

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Old Time Religion
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: "It was good for Paul and Silas"
First Publication Date: 1873, following the American Civil War (1861 - 1865). The song was included in a list of Jubilee songs in 1873

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