Nursery Rhymes

One More River

One More River Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "O, Jordan bank was a great old bank!" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "One More River" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

One More River Song Meaning and History
The history of the "One More River" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1700's to 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves as a biblical reference to the River Jordan which the Israelites crossed to enter the Promised Land (Joshua 3:1 - 4:24). Meaning: The Ohio River was given the code name of the "River Jordan" by slaves because it was the dividing line between the slave states in the South and the non-slave states in the North. The lyrics of the song reflect the slave's hope for freedom and the determination of fugitive slaves. We have placed "One More River" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

One More River Song
Title: One More River *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

One More River Lyrics

O, Jordan bank was a great old bank!
Dere ain't but one more river to cross.

We have some valiant soldier here,
Dere ain't but one more river to cross.

O, Jordan stream will never run dry,
Dere ain't but one more river to cross.

Dere's a hill on my leff, and he catch on my right,
Dere ain't but one more river to cross."

Information about the Song
Title of Song: One More River
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: "O, Jordan bank was a great old bank!"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

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