Down by the Riverside

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For the film, see Down by the Riverside (film).

"Down by the Riverside" (also known as "Ain't Gonna Study War No More" and "Gonna lay down my burden") is a gospel song. It was first published in “Plantation Melodies: A Collection of Modern, Popular and Old-time Negro-Songs of the Southland”, Chicago, the Rodeheaver Company, 1918.[1] Alternative titles: “Ain' go'n' to study war no mo'”, “Ain't gonna grieve my Lord no more”, “Ain't Gwine to Study War No More”, “Down by de Ribberside”, “Going to Pull My War-Clothes” and “Study war no more”. The song is first recorded by the Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1920 (published by Columbia in 1922). and there are at least 14 black gospel recordings before World War II.[2]

Lyrics[edit]

  1. Gonna lay down my burden,
    Down by the riverside,
    Down by the riverside,
    Down by the riverside.
    Gonna lay down my burden,
    Down by the riverside,
    Down by the riverside.

Chorus:
I ain't gonna study war no more,
study war no more,
ain't gonna study war no more.
I ain't gonna study war no more,
study war no more,
ain't gonna study oh war no more.

  1. Gonna lay down my sword and shield
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

  1. Gonna try on my long white robe
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

  1. Gonna try on my starry crown
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

  1. Gonna put on my golden shoes
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

  1. Gonna talk with the Prince of Peace
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

  1. Gonna shake hands around the world
    Down by the riverside...

Chorus

Recordings[edit]

Artists who have recorded the song include

Media[edit]

Down by the Riverside as MIDI File. Chosen instrument is Alto Flute.

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The song was featured as a DLC in the Nintendo Wii game Just Dance 2 and Just Dance 3

It was used as background music in two episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants known as "Survival of the Idiots" and "Selling Out."

Parodies[edit]

The song was the basis of an Allan Sherman parody called "Don't Buy the Liverwurst". The tune of "Down by the Riverside" was also used in a McDonald's's 1960s jingle, "McDonald's Is My Kind of Place". In episode 72 of the animated television series Animaniacs, this song was parodied as "U.N. Me" about the United Nations Headquarters and was later released on their 2nd album, "Yakko's World". In the UK on some local radio stations (namely Mix 107), a song about eco friendly travel choices (i.e. leaving the car for one day a week) would air during commercial breaks which would be a parody of Down By The Riverside. JibJab also parodied the song about the year 2012 in review (called "2012: The End Is Here!"), which was posted coincidentally on December 20, 2012, the day before the supposed "Mayan Apocalypse".[6] An episode of Liv & Maddie had Liv singing a song about her musical group with senior citizens, "The Golden Chords, " at a retirement home, to the tune of this song.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Other early prints of Ain't gonna study war no more / Down by the riverside is: Dann, Hollis. Ed.: Fifty-eight spirituals for choral use - Boston, C. C. Birchard & Co., c1924. No notes. Utica Jubilee Singers Spirituals : As Sung at the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute of Mississippi / Taken down by J. Rosamond Johnson. With introduction by C. W. Hyne. Boston : Olivar Ditson Company, nd. Negro Spiritual. Apparently no recordings of Down by the riverside, even though the song vere on the groups repertoire. Boatner, Edward: Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New (Round Note Edition) : National Baptist Convention, Nashville Tennessee Date Published: (1927). No notes. Fisher,William Arms: 1926, Seventy Negro Spirituals, edited for low voice. Oliver Ditson Company, NY, sheet music format, pp. 60-62. Noted as Negro Spiritual. Deas, E. C. 1928: Songs and spirituals of Negro composition:
  2. ^ Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943, 4th ed., OUP, 1997
  3. ^ Al Hirt, He's the King and His Band Retrieved April 6, 2013.
  4. ^ Al Hirt, Live at Carnegie Hall Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Zielinski, Peter James. "Photo Coverage: Million Dollar Quartet Opens on Broadway". Posted: 12:04 PM; Monday, April 12, 2010. [1]
  6. ^ "2012: The End Is Here!". JibJab. Retrieved 2012-12-21.

See Micah 4:3