Let My People Go!
Posted on April 4, 2012 - 12 Nisan 5772 by Editor
If you like great Jazz, hot mama’s and Louis Armstrong, you will enjoy this version.
Although usually thought of as a spiritual, the earliest recorded use of the song was as a rallying anthem for the Contrabands at Fort Monroe sometime before July 1862.
The song was made famous by Paul Robeson whose voice, deep and resonant as it was, was said by some to have attained the status of the voice of God.
On February 7, 1958, the song was recorded in New York City, and sung by Louis Armstrong with Sy Oliver’s Orchestra.
I’m not quite clear how Jesus slipped into the last line of the song. If you sing it at the table first night, I suggest you improvise some other lyrics.
When Israel was in Egypt’s land (let my people go)
Oppressed so hard they could not stand.
Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt’s land;
Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go.
The Lord told Moses what to do,
To lead the children of Israel through.
They journeyed on at his command,
And came at length to Canaan’s land.
Oh, let us all from bondage flee,
And let us all in Christ be free.
A kosher Pesach to all the Tribe.