Cole Williams

Cole Williams teaches in Schools of New Orleans and works with the New Orleans' Citizens Alliance to build housing for the under-served.

Cole's family is from the island of Jamaica. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She lived in Paris, France before moving to New Orleans. he did ALL the instruments and voices in her rendering of "Wade In The Water" for School Everywhere! See and hear more of Cole in this 2019 profile in Offbeat magazine.

"WADE IN THE WATER", traditional Spiritual, printed by John Wesley Work II and Frederick Work, 1901, in their book New Jubilee Songs bu the Fisk Kubiolee Singers. Likely sung by Harriet Tubman and others on the  Underground Railroad that freed slaves in the U.S. before and during the United States' Civll War.

Cole Williams--

"Oh, you gotta wade
Ah, you got a wade
Ay, in the water
Wade in the water
Children wade, in the water
God's gonna trouble the water


Who's that young girl dressed in red
Wade in the water
Must be the children that Moses led
God's gonna trouble the water

Wade in the water, wade in the water children
Wade in the water,
God's gonna trouble the water

See that man all dressed in white
    God's gonna trouble the water
He looks like one 'a them Israelites
    God 's gonna trouble the water
And see that man all dressed in lace
    God 's gonna trouble the water
He looks like a man that Moses led
     God's gonna trouble the water

You gotta wade in the water, ...
Wade in that water, children
God 's troubling that water

Look over yonder
What do you see
    God 's going to trouble the water
The Holy Ghost coming over me
If you don't believe
Just put me down in Jordan's sea

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Wade in the water

 

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