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Jimmie Lunceford & his Orchestra, 1940

Recording - Columbia 35567

There are many versions of this song,

with lyrics dating from 1918


"Ain't gonna study war no more" is a reference to the Bible: "nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." Isaiah 2:4


BBC tracks from Assembly Songs includes a version of the Riverside song.

Listening and singing along with contrasting versions, including those on youtube,

is offered as a valuable Educational activity.

DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE

I'm gonna try on my long white robe


Ain't gonna study war no more (x 6)


I'm gonna meet my darlin' mother