Michael Row the Boat Ashore | Free Printable Sheet Music

“Michael Row the Boat Ashore” is an African-American spiritual that was first published in Slave Songs of the United States in 1867.  It was first noted during the American Civil War when former slaves sang the song as they rowed across Station Creek.  The plantation owners had abandoned St. Helena Island, an island off South Carolina, before the Union Navy arrived to enforce a blockade.  Charles Pickard Ware, an abolitionist and Harvard graduate who had come to supervise the plantations on St. Helena Island from 1862 to 1865, wrote the song down in music notation as he heard the freedmen sing it.

Lyrics

Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!

Sister help to trim the sail,
Hallelujah!
Sister help to trim the sail,
Hallelujah!

Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!

Jordan’s River is deep and wide,
Hallelujah!
Milk and honey on the other side,
Hallelujah!

Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!

Trumpet sound this jubilee,
Hallelujah!
Cross this river and we’ll be free,
Hallelujah!

Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!
Michael row the boat ashore,
Hallelujah!

Free Printable Sheet Music

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