Joshua Fought the Battle of Jerico

The Fisk Jubilee Singers - 1882

Surely you know this one. It is said to have originated in slave times but it has such a jazzy tune, it sounds more recent. The first known recorded version was by Herrod's Jubilee Singers on Paramount Records in 1922. Harrod's was the successor, at Fisk University, to the pioneering Fisk Jubilee Singers of the nineteenth century.

Joshua became a standard for all the great gospel singers. Now, I can't compete with likes of Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward or Odetta, but it makes a nice little jumping guitar piece, and I hope you like it.


Joshua fought the battle of Jericho
Jericho, Jericho,
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho,
And the walls come tumblin' down.

You may talk about your kings of Gideon,
You may talk about your men of Saul,
But there's none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho.

Joshua fought the battle …

Right up to the walls of Jericho
They marched with spear in hand,
Go blow them ram horns, Joshua cried
Cause the battle is in my hand.

Joshua fought the battle …

Then the lamb, ram, sheep horns begin to blow
And the trumpets begin to sound
Joshua's told the children to shout that mornin'
And the walls come tumblin' down.