A Spiritual & Traditional Song
originated by the slaves of the South in the United States. It refers to the parting of the Red Sea which enabled Moses and the Israelites to escape from Egypt in Exodus 13:18. Slaves also used this song as a means of communication to escape to the North.

Wade in the water.
Wade in the water, children.
Wade in the water.
God's a-gonna trouble the water.

Who's that yonder dressed in red?
God's a-gonna trouble the water.
Must be the people that Moses led.
God's gonna trouble the water.

Who's that yonder dressed in black?
God's a-gonna trouble the water.
Must be the hypocrite turnin' back.
God's gonna trouble the water.

Who's that yonder dressed in white?
God's a-gonna trouble the water.
Must be the children of the Israelites.
God's gonna trouble the water.

Who's that yonder dressed in blue?
God's a-gonna trouble the water.
Must be the children that Jesus knew.
God's gonna trouble the water.

Who's that yonder dressed in green?
God's a-gonna trouble the water.
Must be the Devil 'cuz he's so mean.
God's gonna trouble the water.

Wade in the water.
Wade in the water, children.
Wade in the water.
God's a-gonna trouble the water.

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