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Posted:  27 Nov 2007 05:06
The digital music you linked is in the wrong key. It's in B and I'm working on writing it out now.
Posted:  03 Dec 2007 02:36
Who originally composed this song??!? Does anyone know?
Posted:  05 Dec 2007 17:20
brilant song!!!I have to sing it for my junior cert practical in may! and i hope it will win over the examiner.
Posted:  29 Jan 2008 15:18
beautiful song, we sang it last sunday at a baptism
Posted:  16 Feb 2008 16:39
I first heard this song when I watched the Movie "Oh, Brother Where Art Thou"
It touched my heart then and it does whenever I hear it.  Sandra
Posted:  14 Mar 2008 04:49
MY SISTER RECORDED THIS SONG  DOWN TO THE  RIVER  TO PRAY 
EVER  GET A CHANCE TO HEAR THE HEIRS OF FAITH  THEY DONE A BEAUTIFUL JOB ON THIS SONG
Posted:  19 Apr 2008 21:14
this song rcks
Posted:  12 Sep 2008 16:28
This song i am singing right now and it is so relaxing and peaceful. I give this song a 10+ out of 10.
Posted:  22 Sep 2008 15:04
Great song   Our youth leader has the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack and this song is on there. 
Posted:  20 Nov 2008 19:05
I absolutely love this song.  It was the unofficial theme song of a program that I was in a few years ago and it brings back so many memories.  Thanks for providing the whole song.
Posted:  25 Jan 2009 22:33
i just heard down to the river to pray on the movie, oh brother, where art thou? my avorite song of all times!
Posted:  08 Jun 2009 01:02
Going to be sung by a 20 piece choir during my wedding..... Love it and believe it. Beautiful
Posted:  28 Dec 2009 23:03
I just heard this song for the first time ever while watching the O Brother..... Movie.. what is the history of this song... ?? is it old.. and who wrote it..
its the most beautifull song that i have ever heard...  I never go to chucrch or anything like that,,, but this song, might make me think twice..... please help me out...
Posted:  28 Dec 2009 23:05
I forgot to give you my mail... fkbb@tdc.dk
my post was:
I just heard this song for the first time ever while watching the O Brother..... Movie.. what is the history of this song... ?? is it old.. and who wrote it..
its the most beautifull song that i have ever heard...  I never go to chucrch or anything like that,,, but this song, might make me think twice..... please help me out...
Posted:  29 Dec 2009 00:16
Any one looking for the chords to this song can go to this link to find them. I pray that this helps some one. Thank you and God Bless!

http://www.gospelmusic.org.uk/a-g.htm
Posted:  18 Jan 2010 23:24
I have never seen or heard who wrote this song, but I'll give some opinion based on the underlying music: 

It sounds very, very very much like much of the music sung by slaves during that unfortunate scar of AMerica's history.  Many of those songs were that of hope, of oppression, of praise, of pain, and rejoice all at the same time.  They were sung in unison, many of them many verses long and often never written down.  It's almost an oral history of their faith, their hope, and their plight.  I have no proof of this at all, but I can almost guarantee this is a likely origin of this song.  Think about the song "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", which is of the same origin I am speaking.  Read the lyrics, listen to the song, and compare.
Posted:  21 Apr 2010 20:15
Yes you're right on the money.  The base of this song sounds very much African.
Posted:  04 Aug 2010 17:01
While it might sound like something slaves might compose, it also sounds exactly like the style of Gospel music that has been composed and sung since European immigrants settled in the southern Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and northern Georgia. A lot of a capella songs were written by southern "mountain" people. One reason was that some families did not have musical instruments. Some denominations, too, did not believe in having musical instruments in church.

The long and short of it is that the Gospel songs written by both African-American slaves and Caucasians in the Southern Appalachian mountains came from the heart in worship of and to tell others about their Creator.

If you have heard very much mountain or "old time" Gospel music, you would realize that African-American slaves don't have an exclusive on inspirational Gospel music. Everyone who lives a hard life and has a close relationship with the Creator identifies with songs in the style of "Down to the River to Pray."
Posted:  08 Feb 2011 01:42
Can someone PLEASE tell me where I can download
"The Ground Is Level" (at the foot of the cross)?
Posted:  20 May 2011 18:15
I absolutely love this song, even before I was saved.  I first heard it on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack last year while I was deployed and instantly fell in love with it.  It's not the song that got me saved, I gotta thank Hank Sr. for that one, and the song, "Somethin' Got Ahold Of Me" but, I can't think about God without thinkin' about this song.  Thank you so much for the lyrics!
Posted:  20 Sep 2011 10:44
It is so beautiful - I love this song.
Posted:  19 Jan 2012 02:10
I have to sing it in front of my chorus class... scary
Posted:  13 Jan 2013 06:54
Does anyone know the chords to Eddie James song "I Am".  I would loved to have these chords and it would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Trish
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