Tag Archives: Jesus

Calvary (On a Hill Lone and Gray)

TITLE: Calvary (On a Hill Lone and Grey) AUTHOR: Words: Beverly F. Carradine, Music: Unknown, possibly Dock Boggs CATEGORY: Public Domain, Author Known KEYWORDS: grief, punishment, resurrection, death, dying, Bible, religious, Jesus EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: © 1895, R. M. McIntosh Co., Charles M. Alexander, Owner. HISTORICAL REFERENCES: It would appear that this song generally follows read more »

Mary Had a Baby

TITLE: Mary Had a Baby AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Christmas, childbirth, Jesus, religious EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1953 (R. C. Seeger, American Folk Songs for Christmas) Mary Had a Baby appears in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “American Folk Songs for Children” (Doubleday 1948) and she cites as her source “Saint Helena Island Spirituals” by N.G.J. read more »

Away in a Manger

TITLE: Away in a Manger AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: religious, Jesus, animal, Christmas EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1885 (“Little Children’s Book: for Schools and Families”) HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Away in a Manger is a purely American creation, although rumored to be written by Martin Luther. Most current publications of Away in a Manger indicate that the read more »

The Cherry Tree Carol

TITLE: The Cherry Tree Carol AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: carol, Jesus, religious EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1768 (Gilbert MS) In 1823, William Hone wrote “The admiration of my earliest days, for some lines in the Cherry carol still remains, nor can I help thinking that the reader will see somewhat of the cause for read more »

Children Go Where I Send Thee

TITLE: Children Go Where I Send Thee AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Bible, religious, Jesus, cumulative EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1936 (recording, Dennis Crampton & Robert Summers) Children, Go Where I Send Thee exemplifies [hope and redemption] beautifully because it was originally an African-American slave song – and no group in U.S. history read more »

Come Ye Sinners (I Will Arise)

TITLE: Come Ye Sinners AUTHOR:  Verses: Joseph Hart, Refrain: Debated, Tune: Walker’s Southern Harmony CATEGORY: Author Known, Public Domain KEYWORDS: Religious, Hymn, Jesus, God EARLIEST DATE: 1759 Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love and power. He is able, He read more »

I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table

TITLE: I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table AUTHOR: unknown CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain KEYWORDS: hymn, religious, rejection, death, resurrection, God, Jesus EARLIEST DATE: 1922 Florida Normal Quartet, “The Welcome Table” (OKeh 40079, 1924; rec. 1922)—Amazon MP3 HISTORICAL REFERENCES: Negro or African-American Spiritual. The “welcome table” refers to the marriage feast of the Lamb referred read more »