No one sings this song like Mahalia Jackson!
For the story behind the song, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” go to Born of Water and Spirit.
“Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Sweet little Jesus Boy,
they made you be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child,
didn’t know who You was.
Didn’t know you come to save us, Lord;
to take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we couldn’t see,
we didn’t know who You was.
Long time ago, you was born.
Born in a manger low,
Sweet little Jesus Boy.
The world treat You mean, Lord;
treat me mean, too.
But that’s how things is down here,
we didn’t know t’was You.
You done showed us how,
we is trying.
Master, You done showed us how,
even when you’s dying.
Just seem like we can’t do right,
look how we treated You.
But please, sir, forgive us Lord,
we didn’t know ’twas You.