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Joshua Fit the Battle

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Words & Music: Arranged and adapted by Elvis Presley
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

God knows that
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

Good morning sister Mary
Good morning brother John
Well I wanna stop and talk with you
Wanna tell you how I come along

I know you've heard about Joshua
He was the son of Nun
He never stopped his work until
Until the work was done

God knows that
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

You may talk about your men of Gideon
You may brag about your men of Saul
There's none like good old Joshua
At the battle of Jericho

Up to the walls of Jericho
He marched with spear in hand
Go blow them ram horns, Joshua cried
'Cause the battle is in my hands

God knows that
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

You may talk about your men of Gideon
You may brag about your king of Saul
There none like Joshua
At the battle of Jericho

They tell me, great God that Joshua’s spear
Was well nigh twelve feet long
And upon his hip was a double edged sword
And his mouth was a gospel horn

Yet bold and brave he stood
Salvation in his hand
Go blow them ram horns Joshua cried
'Cause the devil can't do you no harm

Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

Up to the walls of Jericho
He marched with spear in hand
Go blow them ram horns, Joshua cried
'Cause the battle is in my hands

Then the lamb ram sheep horns began to blow
The trumpets began to sound
Old Joshua shouted glory
And the walls came tumblin' down

God knows that
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Jericho Jericho
Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
And the walls come tumbling down

Down, down, down, down, down
Tumblin' down
Recorded: 1960/10/30, first released on His Hand in Mine

Reactions

Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 2, 2014report abuse
Another winner from Elvis first gospel LP. Infectious, fun and one of those songs I find myself singing days after listening to it. Elvis is full of energy and along with the Jords outstanding backing, they make this a top-notch track. 4 1/2 stars leaning towards 5.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 1, 2014report abuse
This has always been my favorite track from Elvis' 1960 "His Hand in Mine" album. This uptempo gospel song is a true masterpiece. Elvis' rendition of it is a true masterpiece too. The best gospel music will definitely always be Elvis' gospel music. No one will ever be able to sing gospel songs as well or better than Elvis sang them.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2013report abuse
I love his uptempo gospel songs. Great singing with those difficult, fast lyrics.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 20, 2012report abuse
Not one of my favourite gospel songs as I have heard it so many times, but this stellar performance by Elvis is something else. Brilliantly sung, and arranged with plenty of soul drive it is worth 5 stars from me.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2011report abuse
Can you imagine other popular singers doing gospel music during their careers? Elvis doing gospel was a brave step for him some would say. Some even say he was the greatest gospel singer of them all. "The King" excelled in every genre he performed in.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2011report abuse
No doubt, one of the best songs, in the gospel legacy of Elvis Presley.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2011report abuse
A great rhythm with a glorious sense of collapse in its ending. It is believed to have been composed by slaves in the early 19th century and Jay Roberts tried to copyright this in 1865. Alternative title is Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho but Elvis chose for the title in dialect. Listen to speed with Elvis produces his words and keeping great rhythm! Elvis could do no wrong in a few years of his career and 1960 was definitely one of those years. Four stars for this recording.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
I would have loved to see this song appear on the setlist of 70's shows giving it a similar re-arrangement as they did with Swing Down...
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
I simply love it!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
Not a particular favourite on the album.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
wonderful version (close to the Golden gate Quartet-versions) of this famous gospel. great version of a great song
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
I love Elvis' gospel/religious/sacred/inspirational music (choose your own term), but this is one of my least favorite songs in that genre.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
Great performance by Elvis! Should have been the flip to Crying In The Chapel back then, imo!
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 16, 2008report abuse
I have nothing with gospels. This one has at least a nice beat to it, so once in a blue moon I listen to it.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 2, 2008report abuse
Hands down in the top 5 of gospel songs. Great performance!

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