A repost from 2015
Today’s Reading: Isaiah 9:6-7
Another Negro Spiritual/ Christmas Carol. While doing research for this song, I found lyrics with 20 stanzas…The two songs I found on You tube of Mary had a Baby – same song, but with different melodic arrangements, but neither of these songs has the last line of the 20 stanza song. I’m sure that the 20 stanza song is the same song – just a more original offering. I did find a video that spoke about how this song most likely came to be.
I like this arrangement best. The video says it is a Moses Hogan arrangement, but If you watch the video about the history of the song this sounds like the song that is being played, so I’m thinking Hogans arrangement has more to do with lyrics than melody.