"Wade In The Water" traditional way deep south Negro spiritual music songs southern country gospel

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Feedback is encouraged and appreciated. From Dwight Nathan Winnett uploaded to my dwCrooner account on YouTube. This is my own version of the classic old southern gospel song "Wade In The Water" derived from the genre of American deep south Negro spiritual music and religious songs. The song arrangement, singing, instrumentation, audio recording and video production were all done or performed by Dwight Winnett. The images are the property of their respective owners. These images are used by permission granted in written Creative Commons Licenses that were initiated by the individual image owners themselves.

"Wade in the Water" is a Traditional Song with roots in the American Deep South. It precedes the American Civil War and the emergence of Black Soul music songs. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it is the name of an African American spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901). The authorship is accredited to John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work. I've given it a Southern gospel music song sound and I've tried to retain the Negro spiritual, Black gospel music sound with a bit of a Country gospel nature.

The song relates to both the Old and New Testaments. The verses reflect the Israelite's escape out of Egypt as found in book of Exodus:14.[1] The chorus refers to healing: see the book of John 5:4, "For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."

Some people believe that "Wade in the Water" contained explicit instructions for fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom. This particular song allegedly recommends leaving dry land and taking to the water as a strategy to throw pursuing bloodhound tracking dogs off one's trail. For instance, enter the water and wade about 200 yards away in the river bottom before getting out on the opposite bank. The song is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "way in the water".

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