Go Tell it on the Mountain

Information About Go Tell it on the Mountain

"Go Tell It On The Mountain" originates from an African American spiritual and can be traced back as far as 1865. The song was arranged by John Works in 1907 and compiled in his songbook which was the first book to publish African American folks-songs, many of which were sung by slaves. Many of these songs would have been lost forever were it not for John's work in collecting and publishing them.

In the 1960s folk singers Peter, Paul, and Mary rewrote the lyrics, calling it 'Tell It on the Mountain'. Their version was used as a civil rights theme song.

"Go Tell It on the Mountain" has been recorded by many popular artists including Simon and Garfunkel. Sheryl Crow. Dolly Parton. and Garth Brooks. Wikipedia has compiled a long list of artists who have included this song on either Christmas-themed albums or folk-song compilations.

Debbie Trafton O'Neal has illustrated this song in a children's book that also includes finger plays and other activities.

While not necessarily a Christmas song, the lyrics obviously celebrate the birth of Christ.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A different version that is not familiar to a lot of people

When I was a seeker I sought both night and day I asked the Lord to help and He showed me the way.
(chorus)
Go tell it on the mountain over the hills and everywhere that Jesus Christ born.

He made made me a watchman upon the city wall and if I am a Christian I am the least of all.

(repeat chorus).

While shepherds kept there watching on silent flocks by night behold through-out the heavens there shown a holy light.

(repeat chorus).

And though when they had seen it they all bowed down and prayed then they traveled on together to where the babe was laid.

(repeat chorus).

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Lauronis, Morocco

16 December 2011 at 4:37pm

i singed this song in mai crismas show tuday

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Sarrah, Philippines

2 December 2011 at 5:08am

what a wonderful song.. it emphasize that we have a hope because our savior which is JESSUS CHRIST was born.... To God be the glory... God bless...

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Jaxson, United States

18 December 2010 at 8:51pm

i love all the posts above and i love god.i wish every kid that is a christian could read this song.go tell it on the moutian and many other christian songs should be read across the globe but my fav.is this song.i have been saved so i know that i will go to heaven and i hope many more people will get saved everywhere,like my mawmaw.byebye people.

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Danielle, United States

10 November 2010 at 3:07am

love this song it is moving and inspiring

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Barbara, United States

21 October 2010 at 8:18pm

i love all the hyms. as i am a little older my brain doesn't work so well. hard to find book with the old hyms in them i love this song and the people that sang it. go with GOD. tjank you for being on this sight

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Emily, Managnag

15 August 2010 at 6:56am

ohh its beautiful i like this voice

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Shelbi, Albuqureque New M,exico

5 August 2010 at 4:21pm

Hi i just love that song it is buetful. so is the worl. and i love the lord and god they so magnestfent, and wonderful. i love them they are my savorire.

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Lola Engery, London Victoria

18 January 2010 at 7:20pm

yes your right i agree with you nan your so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so CLEVER im crazy ant i .yes i am

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Savannah, Trinity

10 December 2009 at 8:11am

i wish it was written the way it is in the bible but still its a great song were singing it in our christmas play at church !

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Nan, Buffalo,ny

25 December 2008 at 1:38am

you fixed it

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Nan, Buffalo, Ny

7 December 2008 at 2:15am

Nice song, but be careful of typo's. It is "the shepherds feared and trembled, not deared and trembled (on the printed sheet)

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