“Go in the Wilderness”


"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


  • Famous Blue Jay Singers, "I'm Leaning on the Lord" (Paramount 13119/Crown 3329, 1932; Champion 50056, c. 1935; Decca 7446, 1938; on Babylon)


  1. Roud #11846
  2. BI, RcGITW


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)
Found in: US(SE)