Nursery Rhymes

Were You There

Were You There Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Were You There" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Were You There Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Were You There" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves as a religious song reflecting on the passion, the terrible crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the consolation of his resurrection and the gospel. The words and lyrics are based on the New Testament narratives of Matthew 27:31-56 and Matthew 28;1-15. The words resounded with the plight of the slaves who were also innocent but being punished. We have placed "Were You There" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Were You There Song
Title: Were You There *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Were You There Lyrics

Were Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Were You There
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: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"
First Publication Date: 1899. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Old Plantation Hymns' compiled by William Eleazar Barton.

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