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Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee

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CHILDREN, GO WHERE I SEND THEE
GREEN GROW THE RASHES, O
GREEN GROW THE RASHES, O (2)
GREEN GROW THE RUSHES
GREEN GROW THE RUSHES (COMMENTARY):
RED FLY THE BANNERS, O


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DrugCrazed 09 Sep 11 - 01:35 PM
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Subject: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 01:35 PM

It's been going round in my head for some reason. I'm hoping that mudcat's knowledge will help to exorcise the flaming thing.

Guesses that it's a children's counting song (a la 12 days of Christmas), but I'd like to know.

First verse is:

Children go where I send thee
How shall I send thee
I'm gonna send thee one by one
One for the itty bitty baby
Wrapped in swaddling clothing
Lying in a manger
Born, born, born in Bethlehem

And so on, increasing the number. I remember hearing it on a tape of a live recording when I was 5-6 (Ah, the world 14 years ago...), but don't remember any of what they said.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 01:45 PM

collected by Jean Ritchie from black children singing in church. Reportedly a biblical meaning attached to each number. See also Green grow the rushes oh


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 05:14 PM

The religious theme really doesn't shine through at all.

It's been out of my head for 3 hours now, so I'm happy.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 05:55 PM

I have it on a Johnny Silvo CD. I'll send an MP3 if you PM me an email addy - But I am guessing someone here will have all the words to save either of us working them out :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 06:14 PM

I'm fairly certain I have a book with it in back in Manchester, but I can't remember where it is...

Sent you a pm anyway. Though I'll regret being able to put it on repeat I imagine...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 07:39 PM

Pete Seeger got it from Sonny Terry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 08:47 PM

A lot on this in thread 51398, and in the Ballad Index. Seek and ye shall find!

Children Go Where

Lomax, Ritchie, recording by Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, etc.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 08:51 PM

OOps! That ain't right. Thread 5139:

Children Go Where

(My old eyes confuse & with 8) in the font used by mudcat).


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 06:25 AM

MP3 any good DC?

DtG


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 06:58 AM

Had a quick listen, currently on a train so couldn't listen to the whole thing. It's saved on the hard drive so I should be able to listen to it on the tram where there will be seats. I hope.

I'll go look at that thread - mudcat for some reason doesn't let me do a search on my phone otherwise I would have resurrected/looked at that. Must ask Max about that sometime, though I doubt making it work on Blackberries is high on his agenda.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 10 Sep 11 - 01:19 PM

Spinners! That's the version I know. I'm off for a round of nostalgia.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: GUEST,Allie-oop
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 11:40 PM

I have been trying to find the original words, or at least the version I am more familiar with, but cannot find them anywhere. Most have "Mary and Joseph" for the two, and very few of "Paul and Silas." When I was in high school, one of their choir groups, we sang this song--and the words to it are very different than the Christmas one I keep finding. This is how we sang it. (I'm shortening it cuz the song is so long.)

"Children, go where I send thee,
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee two by two
Two for Paul and Silas
One for the little bitty baby,
the baby boy - born in Bethlehem.

(Repeat in decending order:)

Three for the Hebrew children...
Four for the gospel writers (riders? Not sure.)...
Five for the bread they did divide...
Six for the days when the world was fixed...
Seven for the day God lay down his head...
Eight for the eight that blood couldn't take...
Nine for the angel choirs divine...
Ten for the ten commandments...
Eleven of them singing in heaven...
Twelve for the twelve disciples..."

And how it ended was different too. The four parts split, echoing like there were people crying out the question over and over. Is anyone familiar with this version?
After a visit to my high school next week, I'm going to post this song on YouTube. My choir teacher gave the senior students copies of all the songs we did that year. (I think she does that every year for seniors.)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Oct 11 - 05:09 PM

Guest Allie-oop

I'm guessing Eight should be:
Eight for the eight The Flood couldn't take...
Referring to Noah & his wife, and his three sons (Shem Ham & Japheth) and their wives.

Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 09 Oct 11 - 06:47 AM

The 2 I've always known has been Paul and Peter.

Though you've done a nice thing and given me the list of all 12. Now I'm looking forward to the Christmas singarounds ;-)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Children Go Where I Send Thee
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Nov 11 - 06:53 PM

i still dont understand


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