Wade In the Water

There is an old spiritual that goes by the title of today’s picture post.  I haven’t heard it sung for years, but I always thought it was very soulful and emotive.

The song relates to both the Old and New Testaments, and the verses reflect the story of the escape of the Israelites under Moses and how they went through the Red Sea as well as the chorus, which relates to healing, based on John 5:4: “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”

Many internet sources and popular books claim that songs such as “Wade in the Water” contained explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom. This particular song allegedly recommends leaving dry land and taking to the water as a strategy to throw pursuing bloodhounds off one’s trail.  It is said that Harriet Tubman, known as the “Moses of her people” for the help she gave to runaway slaves during the Civil War (she helped lead them along the Underground Railroad to the north) sang this songs to those runaways.

“Wade in the Water” was a popular instrumental hit in 1966 for the Ramsey Louis Trio, and later recorded by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and Billy Preston (both in 1967).

The picture today was taken at our hotel in Mumbai…rather, it was taken outside the hotel.  Do you remember the terrorist attack at on of Mumbai hotels a year or two ago where  many people were killed?  Well, because of that, we were not allowed to take pictures of the inside of the hotel that could have been used for “intelligence” purposes, but we were permitted to take photos outdoors.  So, one evening before dark, I went out in the back of the hotel where the pool was.  There were numerous statues on the grounds and in the pool.  What you see in the background is the Arabian Sea.

This picture made me think of that old spiritual…”Wade in the water, Wade in the water chillin, oh, Wade in the water, God’s a gonna trouble the water!”

Wadin’ in the water, Indian style.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1933, the US established the minimum hourly wage to be 33 cents.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in Sri Lanka, to say “Hello”, you should put your hands together under your chin in prayer-like fashion and bow slightly.


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