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Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
Nursery Rhyme / Song for Small Children

Negro Rowers, Guinea (image)


Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah

My brothers and sisters are all aboard, hallelujah
My brothers and sisters are all aboard, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah

The river is deep and the river is wide, hallelujah
Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah

Jordan's river is chilly and cold, hallelujah
Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah
Michael row the boat ashore, hallelujah




(Based on old African American spiritual. It is first mentioned in 1867.
The above image showing Negro rowers in Dutch Guiana in 1910 comes from the NYPL.)







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