Opening Song: Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)

"Go Down Moses" is a African American spiritual that uses the Israelite liberation story to give voice to the pain, suffering, and hope of Black slaves in this country. The song was made famous by the great entertainer and activist, Paul Robeson. We have included the chorus and several stanzas below. 

When Israel was in Egypt's land 

Let my people go, 

Oppressed so hard they could not stand 

Let my people go. 

 

Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land 

Tell ol' Pharaoh, Let my people go... 

 

The Lord told Moses what to do, 

Let my people go, 

To lead the Hebrew children through, 

Let my people go.  

 

Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land 

Tell ol' Pharaoh, Let my people go…

 

We need not always weep and mourn, 

Let my people go, 

And wear these slavery chains forlorn, 

Let my people go. 

 

Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land 

Tell ol' Pharaoh, Let my people go. 

 


haggadah Section: Songs
Source: In Search of Freedom: A Passover Seder of Darfur © Rabbi Or N. Rose & Tamar Grimm, ajws.org