“All God's Children Got Shoes”


"I got shoes, you got shoes, All got's children got shoes; When I get to heaven, gonna put on my shoes, Gonna (shout) all over God's heaven." Similarly with robes, crowns, wings, harps, etc.


Courlander believes this song to be based on the Revelation to John. It appears to me that it is simply an exuberant expression of a poor, oppressed Christian hope in the afterlife. - RBW


  • Louis Armstrong, "Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Decca 2085, 1938)
  • Big Bethel Choir #1 "Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Columbia 14157-D, 1926)
  • Commonwealth Quartet, "I'm Going to Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Domino 0173, 1927)
  • Cotton Belt Quartet, "I'm Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Vocalion 15263, 1926)
  • Cotton Pickers Quartet, "All God's Children Got Wings" (OKeh 8917, 1931)
  • Elkins Payne Jubilee Singers, "Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Paramount 12071, 1923)
  • Lt. Jim Europe's Singing Serenaders, "Ev'rybody Dat Talks 'Bout Heaven Ain't Goin' There" (Pathe 22105, 1919)
  • Fisk University Jubilee Quartet, "Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Victor 16448, 1909)
  • Fisk University Male Quartet, "Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Columbia A1883, 1915)
  • Mitchell's Christian Singers, "Gonna Shout All Over God's Heaven" (Melotone 6-04-64, 1936)
  • Dock Reed & Vera Hall Ward, "Everybody Talkin' About Heaven Ain't Goin' There" (on NFMAla5)
  • Southern Four: "Shout All Over God's Heaven" [medley w. "Standin' in the Need of Prayer"] (Edison 51364, 1924)
  • Edna Thomas, "I Got Shoes" (Columbia 1863-D, 1929; rec. 1928)
  • West Virginia Collegiate Institute Glee Club, "Shout All Over God's Heab'n" (Brunswick 3497, 1927)


  1. BrownIII 550, "All God's Chillun Got Shoes" (2 texts plus 2 fragments)
  2. Courlander-NFM, p. 67, "(Goin' to Shout All over God's Heaven)" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 359, "All God's Children Got Shoes" (1 text)
  4. Roud #11826
  5. BI, CNFM067A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (recording, Fisk University Jubilee Quartet)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(SE)