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Down by the Riverside


(unison or 2-part treble chorus, piano) 4'00"



Upbeat and optimistic, this arrangement of a well-known peacemaking song begins uptempo and ends reflectively. For unison with optional 2-part voices. Part of Early American Songs, Set II (see below).


Listen (Treble Choir and Children's Chorus of the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Bill Nelson conducting)


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Choral Score: $2.15 Add to Cart


Composer's Notes:

This arrangement is part of the set Early American Songs, Set II. The other pieces in the set are also available separately: Little David, Play on Your Harp; and Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.




I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield,
Down by the riverside . . .
And I ain’t gonna study war no more.
I ain’t gonna study war no more . . .


I’m gonna shake hands and make a friend . . .


I’m gonna lay down my hate and fear . . .

. . . until that day we won’t have war anymore.


Then we won’t study war no more . . .
There won’t be time for war no more.
We won’t have time for war no more.
Never gonna have time for war no more,
No more war, no more war.