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The Goatsinger Hymnal  


"Amazing Grace" by John Newton  

       Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,  
       That saved a wretch like me.  
       I once was lost but now am found,  
       Was blind, but now I see.  

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.  
And Grace, my fears relieved.  
How precious did that Grace appear  
The hour I first believed.  

       Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,  
       That saved a wretch like me.  
       I once was lost but now am found,  
       Was blind, but now I see.  

Yet when this flesh and heart shall fail,  
And mortal life shall cease,  
I shall possess within the veil,  
A life of joy and peace.  

       Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,  
       That saved a wretch like me.  
       I once was lost but now am found,  
       Was blind, but now I see.  

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“The Battle of Jericho”  

CHORUS  

         Joshua fit the battle of Jericho  
         Jericho Jericho;  
         Joshua fit the battle of Jericho  
         And the walls came tumbling down  

You may talk about your kings of Gideon,  
You may talk about your men of Saul  
But there’s none like good old Joshua  
At the battle of Jericho  

CHORUS  

Now the Lord commanded Joshua  
“I command you and obey you must;  
You just march straight to those city walls  
And the walls will turn to dust.”  

CHORUS  

Straight up to the walls of Jericho  
He marched with spear in hand,  
“Go blow that ram’s horn, Joshua cried,  
“For the battle is in my hand.”  

CHORUS  

Then the lamb ram sheep horns began to blow,  
And the trumpets began to sound  
And Joshua commanded, “Now children, shout!”  
And the walls came tumbling down.  

CHORUS  

CHORUS  

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“Down by the Riverside”  

I'm gonna lay down my heavy load - Down by the riverside  
Down by the riverside - Down by the riverside  

I'm gonna lay down my heavy load - Down by the riverside  
Ain't gonna study war no more  

            CHORUS  

            I ain't gonna study war no more  
            I ain't gonna study war no more  
            I ain't gonna study war no more               

            I ain't gonna study war no more  
            I ain't gonna study war no more  
            I ain't gonna study war no more  

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield - Down by the riverside  
Down by the riverside - Down by the riverside  

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield - Down by the riverside  
Ain’t gonna study war no more  

I'm gonna lay down my gun and belt - Down by the riverside  
Down by the riverside - Down by the riverside  

I’m gonna lay down my gun and belt - Down by the riverside  
Ain't gonna study war no more  

          CHORUS  

I'm gonna put on my long white robe - Down by the riverside  
Down by the riverside - Down by the riverside  

I’m gonna put on my long white robe - Down by the riverside  
Ain't gonna study war no more  

I'm gonna put on my starry crown - Down by the riverside  
Down by the riverside - Down by the riverside  

I’m gonna put on my starry crown - Down by the riverside  

CHORUS  

....

 

"Down To The River To Pray"  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the starry crown, good Lord, show me the way  

       Oh sisters let's go down, let's go down, come on down  
       Oh sisters let's go down, down in the river to pray  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the robe and crown, good Lord, show me the way  

       Oh brothers let's go down, let's go down, come on down  
      Come on brothers let's go down, down in the river to pray  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the starry crown, good Lord, show me the way  

       Oh fathers let's go down, let's go down, come on down  
       Oh fathers let's go down, down in the river to pray  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the robe and crown, good Lord, show me the way  

       Oh mothers let's go down, come on down, don't you wanna go down  
       Come on mothers let's go down, down in the river to pray  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the starry crown, good Lord, show me the way  

       Oh sinners let's go down, let's go down, come on down  
       Oh sinners let's go down, down in the river to pray  

As I went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way  
And who shall wear the robe and crown, good Lord, show me the way...  

.....

"The Fox"  

The Fox went out on a chilly night  
He prayed for the moon to give him light  
He had many a mile to go that night  
Before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o  
He had many a mile to go that night  
Before he reached the town-o  

He ran till he came to the farmer’s pen  
The ducks and the geese were kept therein  
He said "A couple of you are gonna grease my chin  
Before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o  
A couple of you are gonna grease my chin  
Before I leave this town-o"  

He grabbed the gray goose by the neck  
He threw a duck across his back  
He didn't mind the quack, quack  
And the legs all danglin' down-o, down-o, down-o  
He didn't mind the quack, quack  
And the legs all danglin' down-o  

Well the old gray Woman jumped out of bed  
Out of the window she popped her head  
Cryin' "John, John the gray goose is gone  
The Fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o  
John, John the gray goose is gone  
And the Fox is on the town-o!”  

He ran till he came to his nice warm den  
There were the little ones eight, nine, ten  
Sayin' "Daddy, Daddy go back again  
It must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o  
Daddy, Daddy go back again  
For it must be a mighty fine town-o"  

The Fox and his Wife, without any strife  
They cut up the goose with a fork and a knife  
They never had such a supper in their life  
And the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o  
They never had such a supper in their life  
And the little ones chewed on the bones  

....

“Froggie Went a’Courtin’”  

Froggie went a-courtin', and he did ride – uh huh  

Froggie went a-courtin', and he did ride – uh huh  
Froggie went a-courtin', and he did ride  
Sword and a pistol by his side  – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door – uh huh  
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door – uh huh  
Well he rode up to Miss Mousey's door  
Gave three loud raps and a great big roar – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

He took Miss Mousey on his knee – uh huh  
Took Miss Mousey on his knee – uh huh  
Took Miss Mousey on his knee  
Said, "Miss Mousey, will you marry me?" – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Without her Uncle Rat's consent – uh huh  
Without her Uncle Rat's consent – uh huh  
Without her Uncle Rat's consent  
She couldn't marry the president – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides – uh huh  
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides – uh huh  
Uncle Rat laughed and he shook his fat sides  
To think his niece would be a bride – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Where shall the wedding supper be? – uh huh  
Where shall the wedding supper be? – uh huh  
Where shall the wedding supper be?  
Way down yonder in a hollow tree – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

What should the wedding supper be? – uh huh  
What should the wedding supper be? – uh huh  
What should the wedding supper be?  
Fried mosquito in a black-eye pea – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Well, first to come in was a flyin' moth – uh huh  
Well, first to come in was a flyin' moth – uh huh  
Well, first to come in was a flyin' moth  
She laid out the table cloth – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Next to come in was a juney bug – uh huh  
Next to come in was a juney bug – uh huh  
Next to come in was a juney bug  
She brought the water jug – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Next to come in was Mrs. Cow – uh huh  
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow – uh huh  
Next to come in was Mrs. Cow  
She tried to dance but she didn't know how – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Next to come in was a big black snake…..  
Next to come in was a big black snake…..  

Next to come in was a big black snake  
Ate up all the wedding cake – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  
Next to come was the old gray cat – uh huh  
Next to come was the old gray cat – uh huh  
Next to come was the old gray cat  
Swallowed the mouse and ate the rat – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook – uh huh  
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook – uh huh  
Mr. Frog went a-hoppin' up over the brook  
A lily-white duck come and swallowed him up – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf – uh huh  
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf – uh huh  
A little piece of cornbread layin' on a shelf  
If you want anymore, you can sing it yourself – uh huh, uh huh, uh huh  

......

“House of the Rising Sun”  

There is a house in New Orleans  
They call the rising sun  
and its been the ruin of many a poor boy  
and God, I know I'm one  

My mother was a tailor  
She sewed my new blue jeans  
My father was a gamblin' man  
Down in New Orleans  

Now the only things a gambler needs  
is a suitcase and a trunk  
and the only time he's feeling satisfied  
is when he's on a drunk  

Now mothers  
Tell your children  
Not to do what I have done  
And spend your life in sincere misery  
in the House of the Rising Sun  

There is a house in New Orleans  
They call the rising sun  
and its been the ruin of many a poor boy  
and God, I know I'm one  

.....

"In the Highways"  

  

In the highways, in the hedges.  
In the highways, in the hedges  
In the highways, in the hedges  
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord  

I'll be somewhere working  
I'll be somewhere working  
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord  

I'll be somewhere working  
I'll be somewhere working  
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord  

If He calls me I will answer  
If He calls me I will answer  
If He calls me I will answer  
I'll be somewhere working for my Lord  

Chorus  

....

"Keep On the Sunny Side of Life"  

There's a dark and a troubled side of life, there's a bright and a sunny side too. 
Though we meet with the darkness and strife, the sunny side we also may view.  

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life.  
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way, if we keep on the sunny side of life.  

Though the storm and its fury break today, crushing hopes that we cherished so dear.  
Storm and cloud will in time pass away, the sun again will shine bright and clear.  

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life.  
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way, if we keep on the sunny side of life.  

Let us greet with a song of hope each day, Though the moments be cloudy or fair.  
Let us trust in our Savior always, Who keep-eth every one in His care.  

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life.  
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way, if we keep on the sunny side of life.  

.....

“Li’l Liza Jane”  

I went down the new cut road,                             
To Liza down the lane;  
I threw my hat on the corner of the fence,                           
And frightened little Liza Jane.  

CHORUS  
Oh Eliza, Li'l Liza Jane  
Oh Eliza, Li'l Liza Jane  
Oh Eliza, Li'l Liza Jane  
Oh Eliza, Li'l Liza Jane  

I went looking for that old beehive  
Out on the prairie plain  
To fetch  a jar of sweet, sweet honey  
To pour on little Liza Jane  

CHORUS  

I went to see my Liza Jane,  
She's standin' in the door,  
Her shoes and stockings in her hand  
And her feet all over the floor.  

CHORUS  

The hardest work I ever did  
Was brakin' on the train,  
The easiest work I ever did  
Was court Li'l Liza Jane   

CHORUS  

....

“O Mary Don’t You Weep”  

If I could I surely would  
Stand on the rock where Moses stood.  
Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
O Mary, don’t you weep.  

CHORUS  

         O Mary, don’t you weep – don’t you mourn  
         O Mary, don’t you weep – don’t you mourn  
         Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
         O Mary, don’t you weep.  

Mary wore three links of chain;  
Every link was Jesus’ name –  
Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
O Mary, don’t you weep.  

CHORUS  

Moses stood on the Red Sea shore,  
Beating the water with a two-by-four –  
Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
O Mary, don’t you weep.  

CHORUS  

God gave Noah the rainbow sign:  
No more water but fire next time –  
Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
O Mary, don’t you weep.                 

CHORUS  

One of these nights about twelve o’clock,  
This old world, she gonna reel and rock –  
Pharoah’s army got drownded –  
O Mary, don’t you weep.  

CHORUS  

.....

“Old Joe Clark”  

Wish I had a nickel  
Wish I had a dime  
Wish I had a pretty girl  
To kiss and call her mine  

CHORUS  

Fare thee well, Old Joe Clark  
Fare thee well, I say  
Fare thee well, Old Joe Clark  
I'm a goin' away  

I went out in the soybean field  
Smelling for the rain  
Stuck my nose in a spread of weeds  
And out jumped Liza Jane  

CHORUS  

Wish I was a sugar tree  
Standin' in the town  
Every time a pretty girl passed  
I'd shake some sugar down  

I wish I had a sweetheart  
I'd set her on the shelf  
And every time she'd smile at me  
I'd get up there myself  

CHORUS  

I used to live on the riverbank  
But now I’m down the lane  
I'm boarding at the big hotel  
Courting Liza Jane  

I asked my girl to marry me  
And what do you think she said?  
“Time enough to marry you  
When all the rest are dead!”  

CHORUS  

.....

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"  

Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  
       Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  

I looked over Jordan and what did I see,  
Coming for to carry me home?  

A band of angels coming after me.  
Coming for to carry me home.  

Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  
       Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  

If you get there before I do,  
Coming for to carry me home.  

Tell all my friends I'm a coming too,  
Coming for to carry me home.  

Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  
       Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  

Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  
       Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.  

.....

 

“This Land is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie  

This land is your land, this land is my land  
From California to the New York island;  
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters  
This land was made for you and Me.  

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,  
I saw above me that endless skyway:  
I saw below me that golden valley:  
This land was made for you and me.  

I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps  
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;  
And all around me a voice was sounding:  
This land was made for you and me.  

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,  
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,  
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:  
This land was made for you and me.  

As I went walking I saw a sign there  
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."  
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,  
That side was made for you and me.  

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple,  
By the relief office I seen my people;  
And some were grumbling, and some were wondering  
If this this land was made for you and me.  

Nobody living can ever stop me,  
As I go walking that freedom highway;  
Nobody living can ever make me turn back  
This land was made for you and me.  

This land is your land, this land is my land  
From California to the New York island;  
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters  
This land was made for you and Me.    

....

“Wayfaring Stranger”  

I am a poor wayfaring stranger  
Traveling through this world alone  
There is no sickness, no toil nor danger  
In that fair land to which I go  

         I’m going home to see my mother  
         I’m going home – no more to roam  
                  I am just going over Jordan  
                  I am just going over home  

I know dark clouds will hover on me  
I know my pathway is rough and steep  
But golden fields lie out before me  
Where weary eyes no more will weep  

         I’m going home to see my father  
         I’m going home – no more to roam  
                  I am just going over Jordan  
                  I am just going over home  

I’ll soon be free from every trial  
This form shall rest beneath the sun  
I’ll drop the cross of self-denial  
And enter in that home with God  

         I’m going home to see my Savior  
         I’m going home – no more to roam  
                  I am just going over Jordan  
                  I am just going over home  

.....

"When The Saints Go Marching In" 

I am just a lonely pilgrim, travelin thru this world of sin.  
Want to join that grand procession, when the saints go marching in.     

Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Lord, I want to be in that number,  
When the saints go marching in.  

All my folks have gone before me, all my friends and kin.  
But I'll meet with them up yonder, when the saints go marching in.  

 Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Lord, I want to be in that number,  
When the saints go marching in.     

Come and join me in my journey, 'cause it's time that we begin.  
And we'll be there for that judgement, when the saints go marching in.  

Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Oh, when the saints go marching in –  
Lord, I want to be in that number,  
When the saints go marching in.  

 

 



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