Wade in the Water
Wade in the water Wade in the water children Wade in the water I am gonna punch you now into the water Don't you know that God's gonna trouble the water I stepped in water and the water is cold Don't you know that, God's gonna trouble the water Said, it chilled my body but not my soul Don't you know that, God's gonna trouble the water Wade in the water Wade in the water children Wade in the water Don't you know that God's gonna trouble the water Don't you know that God's gonna trouble the water Well, I went to the water one day to pray Don't you know that, God's gonna trouble the water And my soul got happy and I stayed all day Don't you know that, God's gonna trouble the water Wade in the water Wade in the water children Wade in the water Don't you know that God's gonna trouble the water Don't you know that God's gonna trouble the water There is love in the water (In the water, in the water) There is joy, yeah, in your water, yeah (In the water, in the water)
Your peace is in the water (In the water, in the water) Your deliverance is in the water yeah (In the water, in the water) Oh, step in Step in joy is in the water, in the water, yeah (In the water, in the water) Oh step in, step in, love is in the water (In the water, in the water) Oh step in yeah, for deliverance (In the water, in the water) Everything in the water, yeah (In the water)Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) Everything you need (In the water) God's gonna trouble the water God's gonna trouble the water (Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) God's gonna trouble the water (Ooh) God's gonna trouble the water Oh wade in the water
Westampton Memorial American Legion Post 509
Because many slaves knew the secret meanings of these songs, they could be used to signal many things. For example, Harriet Tubman used the song “Wade in the Water” to tell escaping slaves to get off the trail and into the water to make sure the dogs slavecatchers used couldn’t sniff out their trail. People walking through water did not leave a scent trail that dogs could follow. Read the words of "Wade in the Water." Tubman also used slave songs to relay other messages. For example, sometimes she had to leave a group she was leading north to get food or other needed items. She would tell them to hide and wait for her signal. If she came back and sang one song two times, they would know it was safe to come out of hiding. But if there was danger — slavecatchers in the area, for example — she would sing another song. This would mean that the group had to stay in hiding until Tubman sang the “all clear” song. However, if you didn’t know the signal, you might think that Tubman was singing just to pass the time of day.
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