Wayfaring Stranger Lyrics
The words and lyrics of this
African American Spiritual begin with "I am a
poor wayfaring stranger, while traveling through
this world of woe" as the first
line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Wayfaring Stranger"
song were passed on verbally and the names of the
author and composer are therefore unknown.
Wayfaring Stranger Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Wayfaring Stranger"
song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations
during between the 1700's and the 1800's. Meaning:
This solemn song was sung by slaves that reflected
the hardships, struggles and trials in the life of a
slave and the promise of a better life on the other
side of the Jordan. The song's refrain "I知 only
going over Jordan" is a biblical reference to the
River Jordan that the Israelites crossed to enter
the Promised Land (Joshua 3:1 - 4:24). The "River
Jordan" was also used as a secret code name for the
Ohio River which was the dividing line between the
slave states in the South and the non-slave states
in the North. We have placed
"Wayfaring Stranger" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.
Wayfaring Stranger Song
Title: Wayfaring Stranger *** Name
of Composer: Unknown *** Name
Author / Writer of Lyrics:
Unknown *** Category: Slave
Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro