Deep River – SATB


An anonymous spiritual of African American origin. It has been sung in several films, including the 1929 film version of Show Boat, although was not in the original show. At least one commentator has suggested that the song is intended to offer advice to slaves who want to run away, i.e., you should escape via a “river” to your “home…over Jordan” because the water will wash away your scent. A great piece to play with and enjoy the dynamics to really make it sing.