Go Down, Moses

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Traditional Music
Traditional Lyrics

VERSE 1

     Gm     D7     Gm 
When Israel was in Egypt's land,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

             D7        Gm 
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

         Cm 
Go down, Moses,

Gm  D7 
Way down in Egypt's land,

Cm       Gm 
Tell old Pharaoh,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go.

VERSE 2

      Gm        D7          Gm 
"Thus saith the Lord," bold Moses said,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

              D7         Gm 
"If not, I'll smite your first-born dead,"

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

         Cm 
Go down, Moses,

Gm  D7 
Way down in Egypt's land,

Cm       Gm 
Tell old Pharaoh,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go.

VERSE 3

   Gm         D7      Gm 
No more shall they in bondage toil,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

              D7       Gm 
Let them come out with Egypt's spoil,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

         Cm 
Go down, Moses,

Gm  D7 
Way down in Egypt's land,

Cm       Gm 
Tell old Pharaoh,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go.

VERSE 4

     Gm     D7     Gm 
When Israel out of Egypt came,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

             D7      Gm 
And left the proud oppressive land,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

         Cm 
Go down, Moses,

Gm  D7 
Way down in Egypt's land,

Cm       Gm 
Tell old Pharaoh,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go.

VERSE 5

    Gm     D7       Gm 
O, 'twas a dark and dismal night,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

           D7      Gm 
When Moses led the Israelites,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go,

         Cm 
Go down, Moses,

Gm  D7 
Way down in Egypt's land,

Cm       Gm 
Tell old Pharaoh,

D7            Gm 
Let my people go.

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Chords

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Instrument Chords
Banjo C Minor D7 G Minor
Guitar C Minor D7 G Minor
Mandolin C Minor D7 G Minor
Piano C Minor D7 G Minor
Ukulele C Minor D7 G Minor