Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Were You There


We just learned about the Christian Song Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen.

Another famous Christian song is called Were You There.

This song was another song that was sung by African Americans when they were slaves, and then later written down and put in a book of hymns for churches to sing.

It goes through four verses, and in each one asks if you were there for one of the sad things that happened to Jesus.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord.
Were you there when they nailed him to the cross.
Were you there when they pierced him in the side.
Were you there when the sun refused to shine.

After every verse it says "Sometimes it causes me to tremble!"
Before the civil war when slavery was still happening in the south, the African American slaves had very hard lives where sometimes they were beaten or even killed.
So sometimes a song like this could maybe help them feel like they were connected to Jesus who also suffered in hard times.

Lyrics:
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nail'd him to the cross? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they nail'd him to the cross?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they nail'd him to the cross?

Were you there when they pierced him in the side? (Were you there?)
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine? (Were you there?)
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?


(from: wikipedia - were you there)


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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen


We just learned about the He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Another famous Christian song is Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen.

This is another song that started off as something that African American slaves would sing.
Life was very bad for slaves that had to work very hard jobs and were treated very badly.
So this is one of the songs they would sing about how they have lots of troubles, but heaven is waiting for them.

It was first recorded in 1867, but the song was a lot older than that.
One of the most famous recordings was by a famous musician named Louis Armstrong.

Lyrics:
Nobody knows the trouble I've been through, Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Glory hallelujah!
Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down, Oh, yes, Lord
Sometimes I'm almost to the ground, Oh, yes, Lord
Although you see me going 'long so, Oh, yes, Lord
I have my trials here below, Oh, yes, Lord
If you get there before I do, Oh, yes, Lord
Tell all-a my friends I'm coming to Heaven!, Oh, yes, Lord


(from: wikipedia - nobody knows the trouble i've seen)


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Sunday, April 17, 2022

He's Got the Whole World in his Hands


We just learned about the Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

Another famous Christian song is He's Got the Whole World in his Hands.

This is a song that was made famous as an African-American spiritual, from days during slavery when African-American people would sing Christian songs to try and be happy even though they were slaves.
In 1927 the song was put into a book of hymns called Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New.

Since then it's been recorded by many other musicians giving their own style to how the song sounds.

The lyrics start by saying He's got the whole world in his hands, and then move on to say He's got other things, like the little bitty baby, you and me sister, everybody here, you and me brother.


(from: wikipedia - he's got the whole world in his hand)


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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot


We just learned about the Christian song This Little Light of Mine.

Another famous Christian song is Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

This is a song called an African-American spirtual song, and it was sung by black people when they were slaves.

The song talks about a chariot coming down from the sky to carry the singer off to heaven.
In the book of 2 Kings in the Bible, the prophet Elijah is carried up to heaven on a chariot:
"As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind."

No one really knows who wrote the song the first time, but in 1909 the Fisk Jubilee Singers made a recording of the song.

Refrain:
Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home.
Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see, Coming for to carry me home.
A band of angels coming after me, Coming for to carry me home.
[Refrain]

If you get there before I do, Coming for to carry me home.
Tell all my friends I'm coming too, Coming for to carry me home.
[Refrain]

The brightest day that ever I saw Coming for to carry me home.
When Jesus washed my sins away, Coming for to carry me home.
[Refrain]

I'm sometimes up and sometimes down, Coming for to carry me home.
But still my soul feels heavenly bound, Coming for to carry me home.
[Refrain]



(from: wikipedia - swing low, sweet chariot)


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Sunday, April 3, 2022

This Little Light of Mine


We just learned about the song Jesus Loves Me.

Another well known Christian song is This Little Light of Mine.

The words for this song were first seen as poetry in 1925, and then in 1932 a newspaper in Montana talked about the music and the song.
No one really knows for sure who wrote it the first time, but many people have taken this song and changed it a little and made it their own.

The first time it was found the words were something like "This Little Light of Mine", but some churches like to change it to be "This Little Gospel Light of Mine".
Some people think the song is about when Jesus told people that the Christian people of the world are like a light on a hill shining for other people to show that Christians do good things to help people because they follow God's word.

From the Bible in Matthew chapter 5:

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

During some times in America when African American people were not being treated very well, they would sing this song as a way to say that they would not let someone treat them badly and they would keep their light shining.


(from: wikipedia - this little light of mine)


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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Jesus Loves Me


We just learned about the Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.

There are some other good songs about God and Jesus for kids that maybe aren't Christmas songs, but they are pretty well known.

One of the most popular ones is Jesus Loves Me, written in New York in 1862.

This song was first written down as a poem by Susan Warner, and then the music was added by William Batchelder Bradbury.

In a lot of music books the song is actually just called "China", because it was said to be the most favorite Christian song in China.
Long ago in China the people in charge there did not like Christianity, and people weren't even allowed to write letters to others saying anything about God or Jesus.
So one time someone wrote a letter and said "The this I know people are well".
They used part of the words from the song "Jesus loves me this I know" so that they could talk about being Christian but they wouldn't get in trouble.

Lyrics:
Jesus loves me—this I know, For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong — They are weak, but He is strong.
[CHORUS] Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me — The Bible tells me so!

Jesus loves me—He who died Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in. Refrain
[CHORUS]

Jesus loves me—loves me still, Though I’m very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high, Comes to watch me where I lie. Refrain
[CHORUS]

Jesus loves me—He will stay Close beside me all the way;
If I love Him, when I die He will take me home on high. Refrain
[CHORUS]

(from: wikipedia - jesus loves me)


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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town


We just learned about the Up on the Housetop.

Another famous Christmas song is Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town.

This song was wrirten by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, in 1934.
Many different people have performed this song, but the first recording of it was 1934 by Harry Reser.
Over 200 different musicians have recorded this song, like Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, The Temptations, and Michael Buble.

There are a few lines only in the original song where the singer says he went to visit Santa's workshop and saw his plans.


(from: wikipedia - santa claus is comin' to town)


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Sunday, March 13, 2022

Up on the Housetop


We just learned about the Christmas Song Here Comes Santa Claus.

Another famous Christmas song is Up on the Housetop.

This song was writen in America by Benjamin Hanby in 1864.
It is the oldest Christmas song that is about Santa Claus.

This song was written right after the book "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" came out, which told the story about Santa landing up on someone's roof with the reindeer.
So people think that Hanby came up with the idea for his song from the story in the book.


(from: wikipedia - up on the housetop)


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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Here Comes Santa Claus


We just learned about the What Child Is This.

Another famous Christmas song is Here Comes Santa Claus.

This song was written in 1946 by Gene Autry, with the music written by Oakley Haldeman.
Gene Autry was a famous pop and country singer who also did songs about Rudolph and Frosty.

One day when Autry was riding his horse in a Christmas parade in Los Angeles, he heard the kids shouting "Here Comes Santa Claus" and that gave him the idea for the song.
A lot of popular Christmas songs just talk about the snow or gifts and don't talk about God or Jesus.
This song talks about how we are all God's children, so it is different from a lot of other songs because it mentions God.


(from: wikipedia - here comes santa claus)


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Sunday, February 27, 2022

What Child Is This?


We just learned about the Christmas song called The Christmas Song, also known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.

Another famous Christmas song is What Child Is This?.

The words for this song were written in Great Britain in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix.
Long ago Chatteron got very sick for a long time and almost died.
While he was recovering he spent most of his time reading the Bible and writing poetry about Jesus.

Six years after he wrote it, someone put the poem to music.
The music for the song comes from an old tune called "Greensleeves", which was a song about a woman who wore a shirt with green sleeves.

In the lyrics for the song, it asks about who the child Jesus, and talks about the shepherds and wise men who came to see the baby Jesus.


(from: wikipedia - what child is this?)


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Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Christmas Song


We just learned about the Go Tell It on the Mountain.

Another famous Christmas song is called The Christmas Song, but a lot of people call it Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.

This was written in 1945 by famous song write Robert Wells, and famous singer Mel Tormé.
One year during a hot summer day in July Mel Tormé was over at his friend Robert Well's house and saw a notepad with some song lyrics about Christmas on it.
It was such a hot day he thought maybe if he helped finish the lyrics and wrote the music, just the thoughts of winter time might help him cool off.

The song that most people know on the radio was sung by famous artist Nat King Cole.


(from: wikipedia - the christmas song)


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Sunday, February 13, 2022

Go Tell It on the Mountain


We just learned about the Christmas song We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Another famous Christmas song is Go Tell It on the Mountain.

This song goes back to around 1865, and was an African American song that was written down in a book by John Wesley.

It tells about going to the mountain to tell everyone about Jesus.


(from: wikipedia - go tell it on the mountain (song))


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Sunday, February 6, 2022

We Wish You a Merry Christmas


We just learned about the Christmas carol Deck the Halls.

Another famous Christmas carol is We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

This song was written some time around 1935 by an organist named Arthur Warrell.
When he first wrote it, he used the words "I wish you a merry Christmas" instead of "We wish you a merry Christmas".

One of the funny things is the figgy pudding that people demand before they go.
That is an old dessert that was usually like a sweet cake with honey fruits and nuts.

There were also some funny people who had a different version of the song and had the ending of "New Year" rhyme with "barrel of beer".


(from: wikipedia - we wish you a merry christmas)


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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Deck the Halls


We just learned about the Christmas carol Silver Bells.

Another famous Christmas carol is Deck the Halls.

The music for this song is very old, going back to a Welsh song from some time around the 1700s.
That song was mostly someone singing about a beautiful woman that they were in love with, and then singing the same "fah la la la la" part after each verse.

In 1862 a famous Scottish musician named Thomas Oliphant picked new words for the song and made it about Christmas.

Some of the old words for the song talk about drinking mead, so some people have changed those words to talk about singing and Christmas.


(from: wikipedia - deck the halls)


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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Silver Bells


We just learned about the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy.

Another famous Christmas song is Silver Bells.

This song was written in 1950 by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
At first it was going to be called tinkle bells, but the wife of one of the song writers thought it sounded funny since tinkle can be another way to say you are going to the bathroom!
So they changed it to Silver Bells.

One of the writers says the idea for the song came from a bell they had on their desk, but others think it came from the people during Christmas time that ring the bells to help collect money for poor people.


(from: wikipedia - silver bells)


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Little Drummer Boy


We just learned about the Christmas song White Christmas.

Another Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy.

This song was written in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis in America.

It used to be called "Carol of the Drum" and the writer said she had the idea to write it after hearing a French song called "Patapan".
In the French song the drums go patapan, and in her song they go "pah-rum-pum-pum-pum".

The first people to sing it on a record were the Trapp Family.
The Trapp Family is also sometimes called the Von Trapps, and their family story was the real life inspiration for the movie Sound of Music.

In the Little Drummer Boy song, a little boy comes to see baby Jesus in the manger, and the Magi are giving him really expensive gifts.
The only thing he has is a drum, so he plays a song for baby Jesus and then Mary and Jesus smile at him.


(from: wikipedia - The Little Drummer Boy)


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Sunday, January 9, 2022

White Christmas


We just learned about the Christmas song Jingle Bells.

Another famous Christmas song is White Christmas, written by Irving Berlin in 1940.

Berlin wrote songs and plays, and wrote this song for his play Holiday Inn, about some people falling in love around Christmas time.
When he wrote the song, he called up his secretary and said it was not just the best song he ever wrote, but the best song anybody every wrote.

The actor and singer Bing Crosby was in the film Holiday Inn, and his deep voice singing the song is the most famous version that everyone knows.
During World War II many people were sad about soldiers being in the war during Christmas time.
So in 1942 a lot of people liked this song for Christmas, because of the part that says "Just like the ones I used to know".

Bing Crosby's version of Irving Berlin's song is said to be the most popular song every made, with over 50 million people buying the song.
Even though it is a great and famous song, Crosby said that anybody could have sang it as well as him, and he once said "a jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully".


(from: wikipedia - white christmas (song))


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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Jingle Bells


We just learned about the Christmas song Frosty the Snowman.

Another famous Christmas song is Jingle Bells, written by James Lord Pierpont in Boston in 1857.

Even though everyone sings this song at Christmas time, there is nothing in the song about Christmas, and some people think it was actually written to be a Thanksgiving song, or even just a fun song for people to sing at parties.

In 1850s when Pierpont wrote it, people used to have a lot of fun riding around on sleighs being pulled by horses, and having races against each other.
When the sleighs would go racing by, the bells would jingle, and sometimes people would sing this song during the races.

In 1965, the astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra went into space and brought a harmonica and sleigh bells, and sang Jingle Bells in space.

Most people only know two of the verses for Jingle Bells, but there are actually 5 verses to the song.

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing A sleighing song tonight! Oh!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh. Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh.

A day or two ago I thought I'd take a ride
And soon, Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side,
The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot
He got into a drifted bank And then we got upsot.

A day or two ago, The story I must tell
I went out on the snow, And on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by In a one-horse open sleigh,
He laughed as there I sprawling lie, But quickly drove away. Ah!

Now the ground is white Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay Two forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack! you'll take the lead.


(from: wikipedia - jingle bells)


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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Frosty the Snowman


We just learned about the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Another famous Christmas song is Frosty the Snowman.

This song was written in 1950 by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and sung by Gene Autry.
Rollins was also famous for writing the Easter song Here Comes Peter Cottontail.

The writer Steve Nelson lived in the town of Armonk New York, and every year in that town they have a Frosty Day celebration.

(from: wikipedia - frosty the snowman)


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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer


We just learned about the Christmas song Carol of the Bells.

Another famous Christmas song is Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

In 1939 Robert May wrote a book about Rudolph for the Montgomery Ward shopping store.
The book was so popular that May's brother Johnny Marks wrote a song about it, and then famous singer Gen Autry sang it in 1949 and it became very popular.


(from: wikipedia - rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (song))



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