What is the history of the song "Down in the River to Pray"?

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As is the case with many traditional songs, the exact origins of "Down in the River to Pray" are not known with any degree of certainty. Frequently sung as a hymn, many believe the song began as a spiritual, written by a slave in the American South. It also may have originated in the hills of Appalachia, and some hear it as an adaptation of traditional Native American music.

"Down in the River to Pray" has been recorded by artists as diverse as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Doc Watson. The most well-known recording is that of Alison Krauss (using the alternate title "Down to the River to Pray") for use in the Coen brothers' 2000 surprise hit movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" The film's soundtrack included the Krauss recording and sold in the millions, reaching the number one position on the Billboard 200 album chart. Featuring an elegant melody and classic lyrics of faith, "Down in the River to Pray" remains a staple of gospel artists, folk singers and church choirs. Often sung at baptisms, the imagery of being "in the river to pray" calls to mind the traditional immersion baptism performed as a confirmation of faith in some denominations.

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I love that song!! Just about everyone of Allison Krauss' songs I really like. Find and listen to the one called Jacob's dream, I cried the first time I heard it.
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Check on the soundtrack for "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?"
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