Steal Away Lyrics
The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Steal Away" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.
Steal Away Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Steal Away" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves at religious gatherings as a reference to stealing away to freedom. The song was used as a signal by a religious leader Nat Turner (October 2, 1800 - November 11, 1831) to mount a slave revolt, called the Southampton Insurrection, August 21, 1831. Nat Turner's revolt was quashed within 48 hours but his stance against slavery led to groups that would become known as the "Underground Railroad", the code name for a secret organization who helped slaves escape from slavery in the South. We have placed "Steal Away" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.
Steal Away Song
Title: Steal Away *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals