“That Old Time Religion”


"Give me that (or: It's the/that) old time religion (x3), And it's good enough for me." Verses describe those for whom it was good enough: "It was good for Paul and Silas" "It was good for the Hebrew children," "It was good for my dear parents," etc.


This piece was copyrighted in 1891 by Charlie D. Tillman -- but given that the text sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers was printed in 1880, the claim is obviously bogus.

This seems, for all intents and purposes, to have become a parody of itself of late. All three Digital Tradition versions, for instance, are modern versions praising various improbable deities (I suspect that most of the verses are filk). It's not really surprising, given the excellent tune and the asinine lyrics of the original. - RBW

Same tune

  • Old Time Religion [parody] (DT, OLTIMREL, OLTIMR2, OLTIMR3; on PeteSeeger47)


  • The Blue Chips, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (ARC 6-07-60, 1936)
  • Brother Son Bonds, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (Decca 7024, 1934)
  • Emmett Brand, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (on MuSouth06)
  • Morris Brown Quartet, "That Old Time Religion" (Bluebird B-8428/Montgomery Ward M-8765, 1940)
  • Columbia [Male] Quartet, "The Old-Time Religion" (Columbia A-827, 1910; rec. 1909)
  • Cotton Belt Quartet, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (Vocalion 1022, 1926)
  • Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (Brunswick 7100, 1929)
  • Dixie Jubilee Singers, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (Banner 7237/Domino 4220/Challenge 937 [as Jewel Male Quartet], 1928)
  • Wally Fowler, "Old Time Religion" (Capitol 2182, 1952)
  • Golden Eagle Gospel Singers, "Gimme That Old Time Religion" (Decca 7314, 1937)
  • Hampton Institute Quartet, "Ole Time Religion" (Musicraft 233, 1939)
  • Haydn Quartette, "The Old Time Religion" (Victor 4656, 1906)
  • Heavenly Gospel Singers, "Old Time Religion" (Bluebird B-8077, 1939; Montgomery Ward M-7871, n.d.)
  • Jubliee Quartet, "Old Time Religion" (Banner 1550/Regal 9848, 1925; Ajax 31582, n.d.)
  • Mellowmen, "That Old Time Religion" (Decca 28081, 1952)
  • Old Southern Sacred Singers, "The Old Time Religion" (Brunswick 161, 1927)
  • Old-Time Jubilee Singers, "That Old Time Religion" (Perfect 113/Ajax [Can.] 17041, 1924)
  • Original Valentine Quartet, "Give That Old Time Religion" (OKeh 8135, 1924)
  • Pace Jubilee Singers, "Old-Time Religion" (Victor 22097, 1929; Bluebird B-5811, 1935; rec. 1928)
  • Paramount Jubilee Singers, "That Old Time Religion" (Paramount 12073, rec. 1923)
  • Homer Rodeheaver, "Old Time Religion" (Columbia A-3856, 1923)
  • Ernest Thompson, "The Old Time Religion" (Columbia 15007-D, 1924)
  • Tuskegee Institute Quartet, "Old Time Religion" (Victor 18075, 1916; rec. 1915)
  • Tuskegee Quartet, "The Old Time Religion" (Victor 20519, 1927)
  • Congregation of Wesley Methodist Church, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (on JohnsIsland1)


  1. BrownIII 640, "That Old-Time Religion" (1 text)
  2. Chappell-FSRA 91, "The Old Time Religion" (1 short text, 1 tune)
  3. Randolph 628, "The Old Time Religion" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 438-440, "The Old-Time Religion" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 628)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 362, "Give Me That Old Time Religion" (1 text)
  6. Roud #6423
  7. BI, R628


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1872 ("Jubilee Songs as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers")
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(SE,So)