“Little Moses”


The story of Moses in brief: Set adrift in a small boat in Egypt, he is found and raised by the daughter of Pharaoh. When grown, he leads his people across the Red Sea to safety while Pharaoh's host is destroyed


The story of Moses being abandoned by his parents (who had to hide him to prevent him from being killed) is told in Exodus 2:1-10; the crossing of the Red Sea is covered in Exodus chapter 14. - RBW

Cross references


  • Carter Family, "Little Moses" (Victor 23641/Victor V-40110, 1929; Bluebird B-5924, 1935; Montgomery Ward M-5010, 1936; on AAFM2)
  • A. P. Carter Family, "Little Moses" (Acme 992, n.d. but post-WWII)
  • Harmon E. Helmick, "Little Moses" (Champion 16705, 1934; Decca 5498, 1938)


  1. Belden, p. 449, "Moses in the Bulrushes" (1 text)
  2. Randolph 662, "Little Moses" (1 text)
  3. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 74, "Little Moses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 128-129, "Little Moses" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 361, "Little Moses" (1 text)
  7. Roud #3546
  8. BI, R662


Alternate titles: “By the Side of a River”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905 (Belden)
Found in: US(Ap,So)