“Deep River”


"Deep River, "(My home is over Jordan), I want to cross over (to the campground)." The singer hopes to cross (the Jordan) to heaven , there to meet family, friends, etc.


Not to be confused with either of two songs called "Deep River Blues" (one traditional, with the opening "Let it rain, let it pour; Let it rain a whole lot more..."; the other coming from the W. C. Handy tradition and beginning "Deep river, deep river, Mississippi River, so deep and wide my heart is breaking"). - RBW


  • Marian Anderson, "Deep River" (Victor 19227, 1924) (Victor 22015, 1929; Victor 2032, 1940)
  • Carroll Clark w. Fletcher Henderson [Orch.?] "Deep River" (Columbia 128-D, 1924)
  • Commonwealth Quartet, "Deep River" (Conqueror 7079, 1928)
  • Hampton Institute Quartette, "Deep River" (RCA, unissued, 1941)
  • The King's Heralds, "Deep River" (Chapel CR 23, n.d.)
  • Lions Quartet, "Deep River" (Columbia 1167-D, 1927)
  • Oriole Male Quartette, "Deep River" (Oriole 893, 1927)
  • Randolph's Kentucky Jubilee Choir, "Deep River" (Brunswick 4063, 1928)
  • Paul Robeson, "Deep River" (Victor 20793, 1927)


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 594-595, "Deep River" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 370, "Deep River" (1 text)
  3. Fuld-WFM, p. 195, "Deep River"
  5. Roud #12332
  6. BI, LxA594


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1875 ("The Story of the Jubilee Singers")
Keywords: religious death river
Found in: US