Glory, Glory (Lay My Burden Down)

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This article is about the spiritual song. For the patriotic anthem with the chorus "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah", see The Battle Hymn of the Republic. For other uses, see Glory, Glory (disambiguation).

"Glory, Glory" (also known as "When I Lay My Burden Down", "Since I Laid My Burden Down", "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah" and other titles) is an American spiritual song, which has been recorded by many artists in a variety of genres, including folk, country, blues, rock, and gospel. It is typically very melodically similar to another popular gospel song, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken".


Lyrically, the song has many variations, but the best-known version of the song (as performed by Odetta or Roy Acuff) opens with:

Glory glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down
Glory glory, hallelujah
Since I laid my burden down


"Glory, Glory"
1971 German picture sleeve
Single by The Byrds
from the album Byrdmaniax
  • "Citizen Kane" (US/UK)
  • "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" (Europe)
Released August 20, 1971 (1971-08-20)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded January 17, 1971
Studio Columbia, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 4:03
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Arthur Reynolds
Producer(s) Terry Melcher, Chris Hinshaw
The Byrds singles chronology
"I Trust (Everything Is Gonna Work Out Alright)"
"Glory, Glory"
"America's Great National Pastime"


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