Down to the River to Pray

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Description

Made famous in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this is a great straight-forward, easy arrangement of the Appalachian part song. SATB a cappella, bass and soprano divisi. For another, easier version focusing on Jesus' baptism, check out This Baptizing Day.

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As I went down to the river to pray,
Studyin' about that go,Od old way,
And who shall wear the starry crown,
Go,Od Lord, show me the way,
O sisters, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O sisters, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.

As I went down to the river to pray,
Studyin' about that go,Od old way,
And who shall wear the robe and crown,
Go,Od Lord, show me the way,
O brothers, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O brothers, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.

As I went down to the river to pray,
Studyin' about that go,Od old way,
And who shall wear the robe and crown,
Go,Od Lord, show me the way,
O fathers, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O fathers, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.

As I went down to the river to pray,
Studyin' about that go,Od old way,
And who shall wear the robe and crown,
Go,Od Lord, show me the way,
O mothers, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O mothers, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.

As I went down to the river to pray,
Studyin' about that go,Od old way,
And who shall wear the starry crown,
Go,Od Lord, show me the way,
O sinners, let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O sinners, let's go down,
Down to the river to pray.