Row the boat

Michael
Row the boat
Ashore

A negro spiritual
First noticed
During the American Civil War

Slaves, abandonned
By their masters
At St Helena Island

With many versions
And many traditions
A refrain known by many

Michel, row the boat ashore
Hallelujah!
Then you’ll hear the trumpet blow
Hallelujah!
Then you’ll hear the trumpet sound,
Hallelujah!
Trumpet sound the world around
Hallelujah!
Trumpet sound the jubilee
Hallelujah!
Trumpet sound for you and me
Hallelujah!

The crossing
Of the river Jordan
From slavery into freedom

Michael, archangel
Conductor of the souls
Of the deceased

And Jesus
Entering the waters
Of Baptism

Some versions