Behind the Song: I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy

I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy is a beautiful contemporary song that expresses how we will feel when we reach heaven.

The song was written by Nettie {Neith} Dudley Washington and the music was written by E.M. Dudley Cantwell. The tune is known as Cried Holy.

Washington was born March 31, 1881 and died in January 1963. Information available is limited on her, other than she lived in Tennessee.

My original research showed this song was  published in 1977.  A reader reached out to stated it had a 1954 copyright and published in Heavenly Highway Hymns in 1956.  So, I conducted more research and showed a copyright of 1923 and 1925 to Unichappel Music, Inc.

This song has much more history than I ever realized.

The sheet music has at the top Isaiah 6:3, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts.”

The song has been published in the New National Baptist Hymnal and the African American Heritage Hymnal.

A popular version of this song is by the contemporary Christian artists, Michael English and Jimmie Davis.

I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy expresses our reaction when we reach heaven #songstory Share on X


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