How I got over

How did I make it over

You know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

How I made it over

Going on over all these years

You know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

 

Tell me how we got over Lord

Had a mighty hard time coming on over

You know my soul look back and wonder

How did we make it over

Tell me how we got over Lord

I’ve been falling and rising all these years

But you know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

 

But, soon as I can see Jesus

The man that died for me

Man that bled and suffered

And he hung on Calvary

 

And I want to thank him for how he brought me

And I want to thank God for how he taught me

Oh thank my God how he kept me

I’m gonna thank him ’cause he never left me

Then I’m gonna thank God for ‘ole time religion

And I’m gonna thank God for giving me a vision

One day, I’m gonna join the heavenly choir

I’m gonna sing and never get tired

 

And then I’m gonna sing somewhere ’round God alter

And I’m gonna shout all my trouble over

You know I’ve gotta thank God and thank him for being

So good to me, Lord yeah

How I made it over Lord

I had to cry in the midnight hour coming on over

But you know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

 

Tell me how I made it over Lord God Lord

Falling and rising all these years

You know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

 

I’m gonna wear a diamond garment

In that new Jerusalem

I’m gonna walk the streets of gold

It’s the homeland of the soul

I’m gonna view the host in white

They’ve been traveling day and night

Coming up from every nation

They’re on their way to the great Cognation

 

Coming from the north, south, east, and west

They’re on their way to a land of rest

And they’re gonna join the heavenly choir

You know we’re gonna sing and never get tired

And then we’re gonna sing somewhere ’round God alter

And then we’re gonna shout all our troubles over

You know we gotta thank God

Thank him for being so good to me

 

You know I come to thank God this evening

I come to thank him this evening

You know all all night long God kept his angels watching over me

Early this morning, early this morning

God told his angel God said, “touch her in my name”

God said, “touch her in my name”

 

I ‘rose this morning, I ‘rose this morning, I ‘rose this morning

I feel like shouting, I feel like shouting, I feel like shouting

I feel like shouting, I feel like shouting, I feel like shouting

I feel like shouting, I just gotta thank God, I just gotta thank God

I just gotta thank God, I just gotta thank him

Thank God for being so good, God been good to me

 

Why this song?

This gospel hymn by Clara Ward was written after a terrifying incident traveling through the segregated South. From Wikipedia:

According to [Clara’s] sister, Willa Ward, the inspiration for this song was an experience Clara Ward, Willa, their mother, Gertrude, and members of their singing group had traveling in the racially segregated Southern States in 1951. En route to Atlanta, Georgia, they were besieged by a group of white men. The men were enraged that black women were riding in a luxury vehicle, a Cadillac, and surrounded their car and terrorized them with racist taunts. The women were rescued when, in a burst of inspiration, Gertrude Ward feigned demonic possession, spewing curses and incantations at the men, who fled.

It provides a good reminder of the harsh times so many have faced and come through.

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