“Wade in the Water”


"Wade in the water, Wade in the water, children, Wade in the water, God's gonna trouble the water." The singer warns of the coming signs of the end. The victory of Heaven over Hell is considered assured. The singer looks forward to future freedom

Cross references


  • Birmingham Jubilee Quartet, "Wade in the Water" (Vocalion 1563, 1930)
  • Empire Jubilee Quartet, "Wade in de Water" (Victor 23340, 1932; rec. 1929)
  • Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham, "Children Wade in de Water" (Paramount 13128, 1932; Broadway 1246, n.d.; Champion 50026, 1935; on VocalQ2)
  • Lincoln Four Quartette, "Wade in the Water" (Paramount 12621, 1928)
  • Sunset Four Jubilee Singers, "Wade in the Water" (Paramount 12273, 1925)


  1. Lomax-FSNA 242, "Wade in the Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Arnett, p. 63, "Wade in the Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 356, "Wade in the Water" (1 text)
  5. Roud #5439
  6. BI, LoF242


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (recording, Sunset Four Jubilee Singers)
Found in: US