“Keep Your Hand on the Plow”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: Bible religious prison
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

Various events from scripture intended to encourage the troubled: Paul and Silas in jail, Jesus washing the disciples feet, Mary's chain. Chorus: "Hold on, hold on, Keep your hand on the plow, hold on."

Notes

Paul and Silas's stay in prison is related in Acts 16:19-40. The footwashing is described in John 13:1-11. Mary's chain is apocryphal, perhaps a free extrapolation on Luke 2:35. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. Lomax-FSUSA 111, "Keep Your Hand on the Plow" (1 text, 1 tune, plus the modern parody "United Nations Make a Chain")
  2. SharpAp 209, "Hold On" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 362, "Hold On" (1 text)
  4. DT, HANDPLOW*
  5. Roud #10075
  6. BI, LxU111