Famous Christmas Carols – Story Behind the Carol – “Go Tell It On the Mountain”


According to our Baptist Hymnal, “Go Tell It On the Mountain” was written by John W. Work IIJohn W. Work II was an African-American. The song is a Negro Spiritual and many of the accounts on the internet credit the song to Work’s son John W. Work III, it was, however, his father who wrote this beautiful song.

The inspiration for “Go Tell It On the Mountain” may have come from Isaiah 42:11-12:

Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice,
The villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing,
Let them shout from the top of the mountains.

Let them give glory to the LORD,
And declare His praise in the coastlands.

This is how it should be sung:

The blog, ‘Women of Faith’, tells how the Jubilee Singers first sang this great song and:

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain” is classic. To black slaves in antebellum America, the birth of a liberating Savior was a message to be heralded from the highest mountains.

What we should remember is that sin makes all of us slaves.  Our God wants us to use Christmas time as a special opportunity to “Go Tell It On the Mountain”:

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8: 34,36

“Go Tell It On the Mountain”

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens,
There shone a holy light

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Saviour’s birth

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And God send us salvation,
That blessed Christmas morn

Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born

When I am a seeker,
I seek both night and day;
I seek the Lord to help me,
And He shows me the way

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

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