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Old-Time Religion

(Give Me That) Old-Time Religion (and similar spellings) is a traditional Gospel song dating from at least 1873 when it was included in a list of Jubilee songs. It has since become a standard in many protestant hymnals and covered by many artists.

Most common lyrics performed are a repetition of the chorus:

Give me that old-time religion,
Give me that old-time religion,
Give me that old-time religion,
It's good enough for me.
However, the lyrics as sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers are:
Oh! this old-time religion,
This old time-religion,
This old time-religion,
It is good enough for me.

In popular culture

This song is referenced in Captain Beefheart's song "Moonlight on Vermont" on his 1969 album Trout Mask Replica, is featured prominently in the film Inherit the Wind and it also appears in Russ Meyer's penultimate movie Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens and in HBO's Carnivàle.



  • Pike, G. D. The Jubilee Singers and Their Campaign for Twenty Thousand Dollars, Lee And Shepard, Publishers, 1873.

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