Nursery Rhymes

Steal Away

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

Steal Away Lyrics

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus
Steal away, steal away home
I ain't got long to stay here

My Lord, He calls me
He calls me by the thunder
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul
I ain't got long to stay here

Green trees are bending
Po' sinner stand a-trembling
The trumpet sounds within-a my soul
I ain't got long to stay here

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Steal Away
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: "Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

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