HARRY BELAFONTE


Goin' Down Jordan Lyrics

We are going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
Let's walk the heavenly road

I was livin' me life as an Anglican
Let me tell you how I changed to a Baptist man
I was livin' me life as an Anglican
Let me tell you how I changed to a Baptist man
One night I was walking down Fred'rick street
Poor and hungry, no shoes on me feet
I passed a door that said "Down with sin"
It was the smell of food that pull me in

We are going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
Let's walk the heavenly road

Well, the leader walked up and he shook my hand
Said "I want you to be a holy man"
Right away I made a big decision
Me stomach was a growling for this new religion
I started over to get some food
When some sisters approached me in a mystic mood
They dunked me in the water 'bout four, five times
I couldn't see a thing 'cause I was almost blind
Singing I've got a sword in my hand
I'm going to use it well

I was drenched to me skin and I was feeling cold
But the sight of the food made me take a hold
The sisters started to break away
They said "Kneel, believers, kneel and pray"
I prayed and I prayed in a new-found style
In the meantime me taste buds was running wild
I was about to fall clear out of me seat
When a man jumped up and said "Before you eat
You got to mourn, children, mourn
You got to mourn, children, mourn
And if you want to go to Heaven when you die,
You got to mourn, children, mourn

Well, before I baptized I had plenty pain,
Now I find myself a free man again
Well, before I baptized I had plenty pain,
Now I find myself a free man again
Don't talk 'bout the leaders they treat me good,
Plenty sweet oil and plenty food
Brother it was then that I realized
Ev'ry man on earth should be baptized

Going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
We are going down, Jordan
Let's walk the heavenly road

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Songwriter(s): Theophilus Woods, Irving Burgie
Copyright: Clara Music Publishing Corp.
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