“Go in the Wilderness”

Alternate titles: “I Wait Upon the Lord”; “How Did You Feel When You Came Out of the Wilderness?”; “Ain't I Glad I Got Out of the Wilderness”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1867 (W. F. Allen, Slave Songs of the United States)
Keywords: nonballad religious playparty Jesus
Found in: US(SE)


"If you want to go to heaven/go in the wilderness (3x)/...and wait upon the Lord." "If you want to see Jesus..." "Lord, my feet looked new when I come out the wilderness..." [secular playparty version:] "First little lady go in the wilderness..."


This is the song which is ancestral to "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" and its kin. - PJS

Cross references



  1. Roud #11846
  2. BI, RcGITW