O When the Saints go Marching In

This hymn appears to have been adapted from a number of similar songs written in American.

It is often quoted as being based on adapted from a song by American Methodist minister's daughter, seminary graduate and music teacher, Katharine (Kate) Purvis (1842-1909).  This was first published as a hymn in 1896 titled "When the Saints Are Marching In", set to music by James Milton Black. 

However there are a number of other similar songs from that period, and many of which are likely to have influenced the song. The first located recording of When The Saints Go Marching In was made in 1923 by the Paramount Jubilee Singers.

The tune is often played in jazz-style, and used by marching bands.

the original lyrics are darker than many people realise. For this reason, different verses, eg "O when the kids begin to sing" are sometimes added.

It is sometimes used for All Saints Day - although the lyrics don't particularly reflect that feast.



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Examples

Singer with piano accompaniment:


Massed choir with band:


Congregation with praise band:


Lyrics

Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in.

And when the sun refuse to shine
And when the sun refuse to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun refuse to shine.

And when the moon turns red with blood
And when the moon turns red with blood
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the moon turns red with blood.

And when the revelation comes,
Oh when the revelation comes,
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the revelation comes.

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the trumpet sounds its call.

Oh, when the band begins to play,
Oh, when the band begins to play,
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the band begins to play.

Some say this world of trouble,
Is the only one we need,
But I'm waiting for that morning,
When the new world is revealed.

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