Blind Man (sat by the road and he cried)

This hymn is variously referred to as an Afro-American spiritual, an old-time American tune, and a folk hymn.  The original author and composer are unknown.

The traditional wording was "Blind man stood by the road ...", although in some places it set as "Blind man sat ...", in line with one common scriptural translation. It is included as "sat .." in the 1999 publication of "Together in Song, Australian Hymn Book II".

The first verse most probably refers to the story of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52), while the other verses refer to other incidents from scripture and their application today.

The tune is usually referred to simply as BLIND MAN.


Sheet music for purchase

Sheet Music Plus HomepageA number of arrangements, for both SATB and instruments, are available from composers including Moses Hogan, William Grant Still and others.

On-line samples


Blind man sat by the road and he cried.
Blind man sat by the road and he cried.
Blind man sat by the road and he cried.
Oh, oh, oh…
Show me the Way
Show me the Truth
Show me the Life
The way to go home.

Woman sat by the well and she cried ...

Zacchaeus sat in the tree & he cried ...

We all sit by the road and we cry. ... Show us the Way

Jesus hung on the cross & he cried. ...  I am the Way

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