Been Down Into the Sea
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Hallelujah (3x), I've been down to the sea." Verses include "Won't those mourners rise and tell The glories of Immanuel" and "I do believe without a doubt That a Christian has a right to shout"
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus ritual
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Barton, p. 44, "Been Down Into the Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Gladys Jameson, Sweet Rivers of Song (Berea: Berea College, 1967), pp. 22-23, "Been Down Into the Sea" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The description is based on the Barton text. Jameson's source is Barton.
This reference to baptism shares a verse with "Almost Over." Allen/Ware/Garrison has "I done been down, and I done been tried, I been through the water, and I been baptized." Barton has "I've been to the sea, And I've done been tried, Been down to the sea, I've done been tried in Jesus' name, Been down to the sea," and "I've been down into the sea"(2x) "I've been baptized, Been down into the sea, I've been baptized in Jesus' name...." - BS
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