TTBB (some divisi) a cappella
African-American Spiritual text in English
Difficulty level (1-5): 3
This is a fairly obscure spiritual -- I think
there are only one or two other choral settings of it. I have set it in such a
way as to suggest the steady walking, and the tempo, the style of singing, and
some subtle body percussion help get that across. If you look at the text, the
image of “walking down de lane” is akin to going to Heaven, since the reference
to Jesus talks about “three long nights and three long days”, an obvious
reference to the time from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
Complete perusal score available upon request.
Three long nights, an' three long days,
Jesus walkin' down de lane
three long nights an' three long days, Jesus
walkin' down de lane.
In de mornin' down de lane, Jesus walkin'
down de lane,
In de mornin’ down de lane, Jesus walkin’
down de lane.
Walk, Mary, down de lane, [repeat]
Jesus calls you down de lane, [various