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Elvis SongPedia: Joshua Fit The Battle

Joshua Fit The Battle




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Traditional
Arranged and adapted: Elvis Presley

Recorded: October 31, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 4.

Single:w/ "Known Only to Him", 447-0651, Gold Standard Series original release, February 15, 1966

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: - December 1960
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My Spin

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"Joshua Fit The Battle" is an example of the kind of spirituals Elvis loved, and never got tired of singing. This one was revived by Elvis for the His Hand In Mine album.

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Other Spins

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The spiritual "Joshua Fit The Battle", is fast and bouncy, with soft, swift piano and drums. The Jordanaires shine here.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979




Traditional spiritual delivered at a breathless pace.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Joshua Fit The Battle" Lyrics and Downloads

Chorus:
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 and 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

Repeat Chorus

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

Repeat Chorus

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

Repeat Chorus

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

Repeat Chorus

Down, down, down, down, down, tumblin' down
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