Take me to the water
Take me to the water. African American spiritual*
In modern hymnals, this first appears in Yes, Lord! Church of God in Christ Hymnal (Memphis, 1982). However, recordings and possible references to the spiritual in the accounts of enslaved black people indicate that its roots may extend at least to the turn of the 20th century, and perhaps to the antebellum South. While found primarily in African American hymnals, other mainline denominational collections include the spiritual: Chalice Hymnal (1995), The New Century Hymnal (1995), Sing! A New Creation (2002), Worship and Song (2011), and Glory to God (2013).
Water was an important symbol of deliverance and freedom in the spirituals (‘Go...
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