All My Trials

SATB with piano

A setting of the classic folk song, popular during the late 1950’s and 1960’s, recorded in various versions by Joan Baez, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, and Paul McCartney. The origins of the song are unclear, and it contains elements of a lot of different traditions. It is in turn sorrowful and hopeful. This setting features a rolling, syncopated piano part, and is within reach of most choirs. It is appropriate for both secular and sacred settings.

All My Trials

All my trials, Lord, soon be over

The river of Jordan is muddy and cold,
Well, it chills the body but not the soul.

All my trials, Lord, soon be over

If living were a thing that money could buy,
You know the rich would live and the poor would die.

All my trials, Lord, soon be over

Hush, little baby, don’t you cry,
You know your mama was born to die.

All my trials, Lord, soon be over

There grows a tree in Paradise,
and the pilgrims call it The Tree of Life

All my trials, Lord, soon be over