A world famous classic, “Go Down Moses” is definitely familiar to lots of people in differents parts of the world. The most popular version of this song was performed by Louis Armstrong.
But this song has a much deeper meaning. In the song “Israel” represents the African-American slaves while “Egypt” and “Pharaoh” represent the slavemaster. In the context of American slavery, this ancient sense of “down” converged with the concept of “down the river” (the Mississippi), where slaves’ conditions were much worse.