Bound For Canaan Land Song History
Edward R. Forte
October 4, 2021
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Songs of the Underground Railroad : Harriet Tubman
Songs were used in everyday life by African slaves.Singing was tradition brought from Africa by the first slaves; sometimes their songs are called spirituals.Singing was also use to express their values and solidarity with each other and during celebrations.Songs were used as tools to remember and communicate since the majority of slaves could not read.Read more about Underground Railroad secret code language.For example, “being bound for the land of Canaan” for a white person could mean ready to die and go to heaven; but to a slave it meant ready to go to Canada.This is an example of a map song, where directions are coded into the lyrics.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.God’s gonna trouble the water.This song communicates that the person singing it is planning to escape.If a slave heard this song he would know he had to be ready to escape, a band of angels are coming to take him to freedom.The Underground Railroad (sweet chariot) is coming south (swing low) to take the slave to the north or freedom (carry me home).This song suggests escaping in the spring as the days get longer.It also refers to quails which start calling each other in April.Moss grows on the north side of dead trees, so if the Big Dipper is not visible, dead trees will guide them north.Unnamed song sung by Harriet Tubman when approaching her group after taking a detour to get food for the day.Source: Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her People by Sarah Hopkins Bradford.Another unnamed song sang in the same situation but letting them know it is not safe to come out, there is danger in the way.Source: Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her People by Sarah Hopkins Bradford. .
Canaan- Hymn "Bound For the Land of ...
Canaan/Bound for the Land of Canaan/ How Happy Is The Pilgrim's Lot Revival hymn; Unknown folk-hymn attributed to Elder Jacob Knapp- 1842;.Revival Melodies, or, Songs of Zion; Page 11; Boston Massachusetts 1842.OTHER NAMES: "How Happy Is The Pilgrim's Lot" "Bound for Canaan's Land".NOTES: "Canaan" or "Bound for the Land of Canaan" appears in Revival Melodies, or, Songs of Zion; Page 11; published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842.A third set is found in "A Collection of Sabbath School Hymns," compiled by a Sabbath School Teacher, for the Benefit of the Children of the Confederate States; Raleigh Register Steam-Power Press, 1863.There is a strong likelyhood that Glass, who's is credited with adding the chorus of "Bound In the Promised Land" circa 1853 simply substituted "promised land" for "land of Canaan.".A relationship with the African-American spiritual "Bound for Canaan Land" and the similar "Sweet Canaan's Happy Land" can be made as both songs are in the call-and-reponse spiritual form.Elder Jacob Knapp from Revival Melodies, or, Songs of Zion; Page 11; Boston, Massachusetts, 1842.I am bound for the land of Canaan;.I am bound for the land of Canaan.I am bound for the land of Canaan;.O Canaan, it is my happy home,.I am bound for the land of Canaan.I am bound for the land of Canaan;.I am bound for the land of Canaan.I am bound for the land of Canaan;.I am bound for the land of Canaan.CHORUS: O Canaan, sweet Canaan,.O Canaan, it is my happy home,.Elder Jacob Knapp from Revival Melodies, or, Songs of Zion; Page 11; Boston, Massachusetts, 1842.O Canaan, it is my happy home,.I am bound for the land of Canaan; I AM BOUND FOR THE LAND OF CANAAN- Sabbath School Hymn, c. 1860.O Canaan, it is my happy home,.
“I Am Bound for the Promised Land”
: A familiar song which expresses a desire for that better, heavenly country is "I Am Bound For The Promised Land" (#193 in Hymns for Worship Revised).Four of Stennett’s stanzas beginning, "On Jordan’s Stormy Banks," are usually used in most of our books with another tune composed in 1877 by Tullius Clinton O’Kane.The older, and perhaps generally better known, tune (Promised Land) is usually identified as an old traditional American melody or folk hymn and was found in many of the oblong tune collections of the shaped note tradition which were widely used in the southern part of this country in the early part of the nineteenth century.Several secular songs of that time closely resemble this melody, but it seems to have been first published as a hymn tune in the 1835 Southern Harmony edited by William Walker (1809-1875).Originally in the key of f-sharp minor, it was altered to F-major and the refrain added, perhaps as early as 1874, by Rigdon McCoy McIntosh (1836-1899).However, in doing research and looking through The Good Old Songs compiled in 1913 by C. H.
Cayce, who had a publishing company among the Primitive Baptists, I found eight stanzas.What I propose to do in this hymn study is to examine those stanzas which are not in O’Kane’s version and thus not as well-known but can be sung to this same tune.One stanza depicts heaven as a beautiful vision that rises to our sight (originally #2).Just as John saw the transporting, rapturous scene in his vision come down out of heaven, so we can see it as he records it in the book of Revelation: Rev.While much of the imagery is drawn from Revelation, some also comes from the Old Testament as the people prepared to cross Jordan and enter Canaan, which is not surprising since the New Testament likens Jesus’s giving us eternal rest to Joshua’s leading the Israelites into the Promised Land with its fields of green: Deut.C. The fruits of the tree of life in the heavenly city are compared to the beauty of Canaan in its description as a land flowing with milk and honey: Exo.Still another stanza depicts the place where these fruits grow as a perfectly healthy location (originally #5).C.
Thus, because God is there, the heavenly new Jerusalem will be a place where there will be no tears, death, sorrow, crying, or pain: Rev.On those high and flowery plains our spirits will never tire because we shall be in the presence of God forever and ever to enjoy eternal life: Matt.There, we shall join with the saints of all ages in perpetual, joyful strains to sing the song of Moses and the Lamb: Rev.However, regardless of the sufferings and sorrows, the trials and tribulations, the problems and hardships that I may have to experience in this life, I can endure them all with the knowledge that "I Am Bound For The Promised Land.". .