troublesome waters much blacker than night
are hiding from view the harbour's bright light
tossed on the turmoil of life's troubled sea
I cried to my Saviour "Have mercy on me"

troublesome waters around me do roll
they're rocking my boat and wrecking my soul
loved ones are drifting and living in sin
the treacherous whirlpools are pulling them in

when troublesome waters are rolling so high
I lift up my voice and to heaven and cry
"Lord, I am trusting • give guidance to me
and steady my boat on life's troubled sea"

then gently I'm feeling the touch of his hand
guiding my boat in safely to land
leading the way to heaven's bright shore
where troublesome waters I'm fearing no more

                    maybelle carter • e.j. carter • dixie deen