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"Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," Lyrics, Text Format

Intermediate syncopation, mastering So\Mi/So (m3), and the pentatonic scale.




  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – African American Spiritual
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABA – chorus/verse/chorus
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ta ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta/a | ti ta ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta ta/a/a |
    | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta ta/a ta | ta/a ta/a |
    | ta/a/a ta | ta/a/a/a |
  • Pitches: beginners: So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\So (M6), La/Do (m3), Do\La (m3), Mi/So8\Mi (m3), Mi\Do (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; D.C. al Fine, Fine, two double barlines, syncopation, pentatonic scale, chorus/verse/chorus
  • Key Words: USA history, African American history, sacred, trouble, sorrow, Jesus, glory hallelujah, Lord, sometimes, ground, below, sky opened, love, shall, forget, washed, sins, friends; contractions: I’ve (I have), I’m (I am): abbreviations: walkin’ (walking), comin’ (coming)
  • Recorder: intermediate: syncopation, pentatonic scale

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” 

Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen,
Nobody knows my knows but Jesus (my sorrow).
Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen,
Glory Hallelujah.
1. Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down,
Oh yes, Lord.
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground,
Oh yes, Lord.
Now, you may think that I don’t know,
Oh yes, Lord.
But I’ve had troubles here below,
Oh yes, Lord.
3. One day when I was walkin’ along,
Oh yes, Lord,
The sky opened up and love came down,
Oh yes, Lord.
4. I never shall forget that day,
Oh yes, Lord.
When Jesus washed my sins away.
Oh yes, Lord.
5. If you get there before I do,
Oh yes, Lord.
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ too,
Oh yes, Lord.
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