“Down by the Riverside” is a spiritual that was sung by servants in the south as a work song. That dates earlier to prior to the American civil War but remained unpublished till 1918, when it was contained in Plantation Melodies: A arsenal of Modern, Popular and also Old-time Negro-Songs that the Southland.

The song describes biblical imagery such together baptism (white robe), the river Jordan, Jesus (Prince of Peace) and also heaven (road come heaven). “Down by the Riverside” likewise has been known by the alternate titles the “Ain’ Go’n to study War No Mo,” “Going to traction My War-Clothes,” and also “Ain"t Gwine to research War No More.”

In enhancement to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s rendition native the album Songs native America’s Heartland, “Down by the Riverside” has been taped by luigi Armstrong, Nat King Cole, valve Morrison, and the Million dissension Quartet, special Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and also Carl Perkins.

Below is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and also Orchestra at temple Square’s performance of “Down through the Riverside,” which aired on episode 4,192 that Music & the talked Word.


Down through the Riverside (Lyrics)

I"m gonna put down hefty load, down by the riverside, under by the riverside, under by the riversideI"m gonna put down hefty load, under by the riverside and I ain"t a gonna examine war no more

I ain"t gonna study war no more, i ain"t gonna examine war no more, i ain"t gonna examine war no moreI ain"t gonna research war no more, i ain"t gonna research war no more, ns ain"t gonna study war no more

I"m gonna lay under my sword and also shield, down by the riversideDown by the riverside, under by the riversideI"m gonna lay under my sword and shield, down by the riversideAnd i ain"t gonna study war no more

I ain"t gonna study war no more, ns ain"t gonna study war no more, i ain"t gonna examine war no moreI ain"t gonna examine war no more, i ain"t gonna research war no more, ns ain"t gonna research war no more

I"m gonna placed on my traveling shoes, under by the riversideDown by the riverside, down by the riversideI"m gonna put ~ above my traveling shoes, down by the riversideAnd ns ain"t gonna examine war no moreI ain"t gonna study war no more, ns ain"t gonna examine war no more, ns ain"t gonna study war no moreI ain"t gonna research war no more, ns ain"t gonna study war no more, ns ain"t gonna examine war no more

I"m gonna placed on my lengthy white robe, down by the riverside Down through the riverside, down by the riversideI"m gonna placed on my lengthy white robe, under by the riversideAnd i ain"t gonna study war no moreI ain"t gonna study war no more, ns ain"t gonna research war no more, i ain"t gonna research war no moreI ain"t gonna research war no more, ns ain"t gonna examine war no more, ns ain"t gonna research war no more

I’m gonna placed on my starry crown, down by the riversideDown by the riverside, down by the riversideI’m gonna placed on my starry crown, under by the riversideAnd i ain’t gonna research war no more

I ain"t gonna examine war no more, i ain"t gonna study war no more, i ain"t gonna research war no moreI ain"t gonna examine war no more, ns ain"t gonna research war no more, ns ain"t gonna research war no more