Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Songs of the Season: Go Tell It On the Mountain

In honor of my dad's birthday today, our Song of the Season is Go Tell It On the Mountain. I have memories of my dad singing this song even when it wasn't Christmas. Something about the booming opening stanza appealed to him. 

 The chorus of the song has been around for generations, but it became a traditional Christmas song around the turn of the century when John W. Work wrote the rest of the verses. 

What I didn't realize until I researched this song is that the chorus grew out of one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 40:9:

Get you up to a high mountain,
    O Zion, herald of good tidings;[a]
lift up your voice with strength,
    O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,[b]
    lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”

So, my friends, get you up to a high mountain, lift up your voice, and let the people know that Jesus Christ is born. 

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