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Old Ship Of Zion


I was standing by the banks of a river
Looking out over lifes troubled seas
When I saw an old ship that was sailing
Is that the old ship of Zion I see

It's hull was bent and battered
From the storms of life I could see
Waves were rough but that old ship kept sailing
Is that the old ship of Zion I see

At the stern of the ship was the captain
I could hear as he called out my name
Get on board It's the old ship of Zion
It will never pass this way again

As I step on board I'll be leaving
All my troubles and trials behind
I'll be safe with Jesus the captain
Sailing out on the old ship of Zion


Anonymous,  December 30, 2008 at 2:34 AM  

Have had the words to old ship of zion, for awhile. Only have heard it a couple of times with music. But where can the music notes be found,as it is an old song. I can,t find it in song books or by sheet music, which is no longer in print.
Thanks , as it is a beautiful old song, usually sung alcapella. Patsy

lincoln June 20, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

Soon the old ship of zion will come to take me home!!!what a wonderful thought in this world of sorrows....

Anonymous,  November 29, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

I sang this song with my brothers when I was little but I couldn't remember it thanks Joyce Allen and the Allen Family

chris December 15, 2010 at 7:29 AM  

my my.. i heard evangelist cody zorn sing this and was moved by the holy ghost!!! its a wonderful, uplifting and promising hymn. thanks for posting.

Engel,  May 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM  

WONDERFUL!!! I've only heard it sung acapella-style, though (relish hearing the bass)

Anonymous,  July 31, 2011 at 4:56 AM  

I have a CD of the Kingsmen and they sing Ship of Zion very well. I also found a video of them on youtube singing this song. I love it.

Anonymous,  April 3, 2012 at 7:11 AM  

Listen to Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver sing it. Awesome Job they do.

Steve Mehan,  May 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM  

This song is mentioned on the tombstone of Rev. JT Arrington (1858-1881), old burying ground in Beaufort NC. It says that in death he "began singing the Old Ship of Zion ... and crossed the river to join the singers on the other side."

Anonymous,  May 25, 2012 at 3:29 AM  

The late Hilbert Levan sang it with music ...done a terrific job .... find it on youtube

tonderai chibora,  October 6, 2012 at 2:37 AM  

Powerful song, uplifts and gives hope. Just love it.

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