Bradford Loomis

Bradford Loomis

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Folk - Americana | Snohomish, Washington, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,700   
Member Since: 2013
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: The Civil Wars, Steve Earle

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Song Description

This is an homage to the old slave spirituals of the early to mid 1800s. This song is from the perspective of Samuel Porter who had escaped from a plantation in Mississippi.

Story Behind the Song

This is the story of a runaway slave named Samuel Porter.

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Lyrics

The banks of the Jordan gonna be my road I'll follow the river till it takes me home
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

O my God I've been laid so low The devil won't seem to let me go
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

Gabriel's coming to take me home

I was born into the grave I've been set free and yet still a slave
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

I can hear the hounds that Satan sent Getting closer now must have caught my scent
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

Running for cover I heard it ring out Into the water the shot threw me down
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

Blood in the water, my time has run out I'll make it ashore, Lord, I know it somehow
Washed in the water, pray the Lord my soul to keep

The Good Lord's coming to take me home

© 2011 Brad Loomis

Song Length
3:25
Genres
Folk - Americana, Country - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium Slow (91 - 110)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Frantic, Stressed

Subject Matter
Danger, Slavery

Similar Artists
The Civil Wars, Alison Krauss
Language
English
Era
1800 - 1899

Lyric Credits Bradford Loomis
Music Credits Bradford Loomis, Brianne Holland
Producer Credits Bradford Loomis and Jason Lackie
Publisher Credits Bradford Loomis Publishing
Performance Credits Bradford Loomis
Label Credits Independant