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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: No. 1 of Two Uncommon Spirituals

By William Bradley Roberts

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SATB choir, a cappella, soprano voice solo
Composed by William Bradley Roberts. Published by Augsburg Fortress (AU.9781451498912).

Item Number: AU.9781451498912

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen is a lesser-known, nonetheless authentic, African American spiritual. The unknown folk singer who wrote the original song describes the "trouble" of a hard life, but finds relief from suffering and conflict in prayer. This anthem may be sung as a set with "This Little Light of Mine" or independently, and is from a set of two, collectively called "Two Uncommon Spirituals." Both are authentic African American spirituals but with completely different tunes than those commonly associated with the texts, and can be performed together or separately. The powerful message of this spiritual is that prayer brings triumph out of suffering.

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