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.
"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.
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.
While shepherds kept there watching on silent flocks by night behold through-out the heavens there shown a holy light.
And though when they had seen it they all bowed down and prayed then they traveled on together to where the babe was laid.