“I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray”


"Couldn't hear nobody pray, I couldn't hear nobody pray, Well, way down yonder by myself I couldn't hear nobody pray." "In the valley... On my knees... Callin' Jesus... So lonesome... In the mornin'... In the evenin'...."


Not to be confused with "Wreck on the Highway," which uses a similar phrase in its chorus. -PJS

Cross references


  • Emory University Glee Club, "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (Victor 20594, 1927)
  • Fisk University Jubilee Quartette, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody" (Victor 16448, 1909)
  • Fisk University Jubilee Singers, "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (Columbia A-1932, 1916); "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (on Fisk01)
  • Four Blues, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (DeLuxe 1003, 1945)
  • Paramount Jubilee Singers, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (Paramount 12070, 1923)
  • Southern Four, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (Edison 50885, 1921)
  • Vaughan Quartet, "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (Vaughan 300, n.d.)


  1. Lomax-FSNA 246, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 351, "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" (1 text)
  3. Roud #11949
  4. BI, LoF247


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