Spirituals and Singing Games
Spirituals are a type of religious songs, which were created by African-Americans. In the early 19th century, among
African American slaves who had been denied the opportunity to practice traditional African religions for more than
a generation and had adopted Christianity. Christian hymns and songs were very influential on the creation of
African-American spirituals. Yet, numerous rhythmical elements of spirituals can be traced to African sources.
Nevertheless, spirituals are a musical form that is indigenous and specific to the religious experience in the USA
of Africans and their descendants. "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:19
Angels Watching Over Me
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
Daniel in the Lion's Den/Jesus Won't You Come By Here?
Let My People Go!
Slavery Chain Done Broke
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
John Brown's Body
A "singing game" is an amusement or game based around a particular song, rhyme, or rhythm, often involving a
set of movements and actions. They often incorporate elements from the culture around the children and are
classified as a form of folklore. Movement and rhythm is key in children's singing games.
Down Down Baby
Draw Me a Bucket of Water
Little Sally Walker
Here Comes Sally Down the Alley
State Songs Sung as a Child
Maryland! My Maryland
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