O Brother Where Art Thou?
Down to the River to Pray

Geleneksel bir Appalaş bölgesi şarkısı olan “Down to the River to Pray” özellikle Alison Krauss'un yorumuyla ve bu yorumun Coen Kardeşler'in 2000 yapımı O Brother, Where Art Thou? filminde seslendirilmesiyle oldukça popüler hale geldi.

Hıristiyanlıktaki baptizm uygulamasıyla ilgili bir Hıristiyan ilahisi niteliğindeki bu şarkının kim tarafından bestelendiği bilinmiyor ama yapılan araştırmalar bu şarkının ondokuzuncu yüzyılda Kuzey Amerika'daki köleler tarafından bestelenmiş olabileceğini gösteriyor.

 

 
 
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As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown?
Good Lord show me the way!

O sisters let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O sisters let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe & crown?
Good Lord show me the way

O brothers let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
Come on brothers, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown?
Good Lord show me the way

O fathers let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O fathers let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown?
Good Lord show me the way

O mothers let's go down
Come on down, don't you wanna go down?
Come on mothers, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studding about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the starry crown?
Good Lord show me the way

O sinners, let's go down
Let's go down, come on down
O sinners, let's go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol' way
And who shall wear the robe and crown?
Good Lord show me the way