Wade In The Water
Eva Cassidy Lyrics


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Wade in the water
Wade in the water
Children wade, in the water
God's gonna trouble the water
Who's that yonder dressed in red
Wade in the water
Must be the children that Moses led
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that yonder dressed in white
Wade in the water
Must be the children of the Israelites
Oh, God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that yonder dressed in blue
Wade in the water
Must be the children that's coming through
God's gonna trouble the water, yeah

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

You don't believe I've been redeemed
Wade in the water
Just see the Holy Ghost looking for me
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children




Wade in the water
God's gonna trouble the water

Overall Meaning

The song "Wade In The Water" is a traditional African American spiritual that is said to have originated as a code song for the Underground Railroad. The song encourages people to wade in the water as a way to throw off bloodhounds that were used to track down escaped slaves. The lyrics also reference several biblical stories. The first verse mentions God's troubled water, which is thought to refer to the biblical story of the parting of the Red Sea. The second verse references Moses leading the Israelites to safety through the water. The third verse talks about the children of the Israelites and the final verse mentions redemption and the Holy Ghost.


The repetition of the phrase "Wade in the water" creates a meditative and rhythmic quality to the song that is both calming and empowering. The song reminds its listeners of their connection to God and the power of faith to overcome adversity. By referencing these biblical stories, the song highlights the links between the struggles of the African American slaves and the struggles of the Israelites.


Overall, "Wade In The Water" is a powerful and enduring song that has been sung by many artists throughout history. Its lyrics speak to a universal human experience of struggle, redemption, and faith.


Line by Line Meaning

Wade in the water
Let yourself be immersed in the divine presence


Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Children, follow the path towards spiritual liberation


God's gonna trouble the water
The divine will shake up what needs to change and bring justice


Who's that yonder dressed in red
A symbolic figure representing the liberation of slaves from oppression


Must be the children that Moses led
Referring to the biblical story of the exodus and the escape from bondage


Who's that yonder dressed in white
Another symbol of purity and freedom


Must be the children of the Israelites
Those who carry the legacy of a people's journey towards liberation


Who's that yonder dressed in blue
A new generation coming forth and carrying the torch


Must be the children that's coming through
The hope for a better future lies in the hands of those who come next


You don't believe I've been redeemed
Some may doubt the existence of grace and redemption, but it's real


Just see the Holy Ghost looking for me
The divine is always seeking to uplift and heal, even if we don't see it




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Willie Mae Thornton

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@athina_al

Just gonna leave the lyrics here:
Wade in the water
Wade in the water 
Children wade, in the water
God's gonna trouble the water
Who's that young girl dressed in red
Wade in the water
Must be the children that Moses led
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that young girl dressed in white
Wade in the water
Must be the children of the Israelite
Oh, God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

Who's that young girl dressed in blue
Wade in the water
Must be the children that's coming through,
God's gonna trouble the water, yeah

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

You don't believe I've been redeemed,
Wade in the water
Just so the whole lake goes looking for me
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water



All comments from YouTube:

@noelpillman9185

Eva's music is not catagorizable (blues, jazz, gospel, folk). She could sing them all. What a gift she had to share with us. Thank you, Eva.

@leticiam8804

yessss amazing

@rodsreel

This girl must have made heaven shine even brighter when she arrived there, we are blessed to have her music.

@sherrycanon7582

rodsreel
She. May have a a profit. Only knowing her mission at life's end.
She was gifted.

@richardhanbury9930

She would have God’s angels partying, even Moses

@darrengately6935

rodsreel possibly those who add harmony to the universe do.

@naytheartist1257

Is she dead?

@dmsknb1541

When she meets the slaves that actually created the song it self

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@JohnSmith-tz8jj

If only She knew what She has done for my life in absentia… God Bless her

@z-man6925

After listening to music for 60 some years now, I've learned two things for certain. 1. God is a music lover. 2 He is impatient.

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