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Get on Board

 

About Get on Board

This African-American spiritual was first published in 1872 as one of the songs of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Although it is usually cited as traditional, several sources credit a Baptist minister from New Hampshire, John Chamberlain, with writing it. Captain Asa W. Bartlett, historian for the New Hampshire Twelfth Regiment, reported Chamberlain as singing the song on April 26, 1863, during Sunday services for the regiment. In the 1950s and 1960s, the song was commonly sung as part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Lyrics to Get on Board

Get on Board

chorus:

Get on board, little children
Get on board
Get on board, little children
There’s room for many a-more

verses:

The gospel train’s a-coming
I hear it just at hand
I hear the wheels a-rumbling
And rolling through the land

(chorus)

I hear that train a-coming
She’s coming round the curve
She’s loosened all her steam and brakes
Straining every nerve

(chorus)

The fare is cheap and all can go
The rich and poor are there
No second class aboard this train
No difference in the fare

(chorus)

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