"How I Got Over" by Herbert Brewster, Sung before "I Have a Dream"


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Mahalia Jackson sang the spiritual "How I Got Over" at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. later wrote to her that her singing that song set the tone for his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Lyrics below:


How I got over, how I got over

You know my soul look back and wonder

How I made it over


Oh, soon as I can see Jesus

Man that died for me

Man that bled and suffered

Hung on Calvary


And I wanna thank him for how he brought me

And I wanna thank God for how he taught me

Ooh, thank my God how he kept me

I'm gonna thank him 'cause He never left me


And I wanna thank Him for ol' time religion

I wanna thank God for giving me a vision

Oh, I'm gon' join the Heavenly choir

I'm gonna sing and never get tired


I'm gonna sing somewhere 'round the altar

I'm gonna shout all my troubles over

Lord, I got to thank you

Thank you for being so good to me

Tell me how I made it over

Had a mighty all time

You know my soul look back and wonder

How did I make it over

Tell me how I made it over, Lord

Had to cry the midnight hour

You know my soul look back and wonder

How I made it over


I'm gon' wear a di-garment

In that New Jerusalem

I'm gonna walk the streets of gold

It's in the homeland of the soul

I'm gonna view the hosts in white

That been traveling day and night

Coming up from every nation

They hold their way to the great coronation

Coming from the north, south, east and west

They on their way to a land of rest

Lord, we gonna join the heavenly choir

We gon' sing, Lord, and never get tired

And then I'm gon' sing somewhere 'round your alter

I'm gonna shout all my troubles over

Lord, I gotta thank you

Thank you for being so good to me


I wanna thank you, this morning

I wanna thank you, Lord, this morning

You know all, all night long

You kept your angels watching over me


And you told your angels this morning

You told your angels, Lord, this morning

You said, "Touch her in my name"

And I rose, I rose this morning

Lord, I rose, I rose this morning

With the blood, blood running warm

All in my veins, oh Lord


Lord I feel, I feel like running

Lord, I wanna thank you

Thank you, thank you for being

So, Lord, You been so good to me

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