Go Down Moses

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Go Down Moses est un Negro spiritual. Inspiré par l'Ancien Testament de la Bible, (Exode 5:1 et 8:1 : « L'Éternel dit à Moïse : Va vers Pharaon, et tu lui diras : Ainsi parle l'Éternel : Laisse aller mon peuple, afin qu'il me serve. »)

Israël représente les esclaves africains d'Amérique alors que l'Égypte et le Pharaon représentent les maîtres esclavagistes.

Cette chanson a été popularisée par Paul Robinson.

Le 7 février 1958, elle est enregistrée à New York par Louis Armstrong avec Sy Oliver's Orchestra.

Claude Nougaro en a utilisé la mélodie pour sa chanson Armstrong en hommage à Louis Armstrong.


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B,2 | G2 G2 F2 F2 | G2 G2 E4 | B,2 B,2 ^D D3 | E4 z2
w:When Is -- rael was in E -- gypt land, Let my peo -- ple go,
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w:Op -- pressed so hard they could not stand, Let my peo -- ple go.
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w:Go down, Mo-ses, Way down in E -- gypt land,
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w: Tell old Pha -- raoh To let my peo -- ple go.

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When Israel was in Egypt's land
Let my people go
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
Let my people go
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land
Tell old Pharaoh, Let my. people go.
Thus saith the Lord, bold Moses said,
Let my people go,
If not, I'll smite your first-born dead,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
No more shall they in bondage toil,
Let my people go,
Let them come out with Egypt's spoil,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
The Lord told Moses what to do,
Let my people go, clac
To lead the Hebrew children through,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
O come along Moses, you'll not get lost,
Let my people go,
Stretch out your rod and come across,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
As Israel stood by the waterside,
Let my people go,
At God's command it did divide,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
When they reached the other shore,
Let my people go,
They sang a song of triumph o'er,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
Pharaoh said he'd go across,
Let my people go,
But Pharaoh and his host were lost,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
Jordan shall stand up like a wall,
Let my people go,
And the walls of Jericho shall fall,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
Your foes shall not before you stand,
Let my people go,
And you'll possess fair Canaan's land,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
O let us all from bondage flee,
Let my people go,
And let us all in Christ be free,
Let my people go.
Go down Moses
We need not always weep and mourn,
Let my people go,
And wear these slavery chains forlorn,
Let my people go. D
Go down Moses