Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel

From The Book of American Negro Spirituals by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson (New York: Viking, 1940).

  • Chorus
    Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel
    Deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel
    Didn’t my Lord deliver Daniel
    Then why not every man?
  1. He delivered Daniel from the lions’ den
    Jonah from the belly of the whale
    And the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace
    So why not every man.
  2. The moon come down in a purple stream
    And the sun forbear to shine
    And every soul that never pray say
    King Jesus shall be mine.
  3. I put my foot on the gospel ship
    And the ship it began to sail
    It sailed right over to Canaan’s shore
    And I’ll never come back any more.
  4. The wind blows east, the wind blows west
    It blows like the judgment day
    And every soul that never prayed
    Will be glad to pray on that day.
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