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Helen 27 Sep 98 - 12:15 PM
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George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 05 Dec 02 - 04:28 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 05 Dec 02 - 04:34 AM
Genie 05 Dec 02 - 07:38 AM
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Subject: lyr req: Mary's little boy child
From: Helen
Date: 27 Sep 98 - 12:15 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics for "Mary's little boy child". Would anyone give your kind help? Thank you!


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child
From: GUEST,MV
Date: 05 Feb 02 - 12:43 PM

Anybody know if/where I can find the music of "Mary's Boy Child" from the net? I can find lyrics but I need the tune to do a MD dulcimer tab.

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Mary's Boy Child
From: MMario
Date: 05 Feb 02 - 12:54 PM

midi at http://www.heavenlywebs.net/midis/christmas/marysboychild.htm

should be able to pull music from that.


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Subject: RE: Looking for 2 Xmas song lyrics
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 12:40 AM

Helen, I'm sure "Mary's Boy Child" has been posted here in the forum or in the DT. If not, I'll post the lyrics.

Arge


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 12:49 AM

Hi, Argenine - don't know if Mary's Boychild and Mary's Little Boychild are the same song. Can't find either posted here. If you have 'em, post 'em. I changed the thread title to make the songs easier to find.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S BOY CHILD (Jester Hairston)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 04:28 AM

Mary's Boy Child

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
 
Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible said,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day
 
Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
 
While shepherds watch their flocks by night,
they see a bright new shining star,
they hear a choir sing a song, the music seemed to come from afar.
 
Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
 
Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
"let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace".
 
Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, came to Bethlehem that night,
they found no place to bear her child, not a single room was in sight.
 
And then they found a little nook in a stable all forlorn,
and in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy was born.
 
Hark, now hear the angels sing, a king was born today,
And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.
 
Oh a moment still worth was a glow, all the bells rang out
there were tears of joy and laughter, people shouted
"let everyone know, there is hope for all to find peace".
 
Oh my Lord...
^^


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Subject: Lyr Add: Mary's Boy Child
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 04:34 AM

Further information

Words and Music by : Jester Hairston

found at http://w1.871.telia.com/~u87125666/lyrics/marysboychild.htm


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S BOY CHILD (Jester Hairston)
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 07:38 AM

George, it looks like you posted the lyrics to "Mary's Boy Child" comingled with the lyrics to "O,My Lord." There is a popular recording of the two of them done as a medley, but they are separate songs.

Here is another of many variants of the song:

Mary's Boy Child

Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible say,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ, he born on Christmas Day.

Hark! Now hear the angels sing. Listen what they say,
That man will live forever more because of Christmas Day.

While shepherds watch their flocks by night, they see bright new shining star,
And hear a choir from heaven sing; the music come from afar.

Hark! Now hear the angels sing. Listen what they say,
That man will live forever more because of Christmas Day.

Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, come to Bethlehem that night.
They find no place to bear their child; not a single room is in sight.

By 'n' by they find a little nook in a stable all forlorn,
And in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy child, he born.

Trumpets sound and angels sing: "New king born today!
And man will live forever more because of Christmas Day!"

Hark! Now hear the angels sing. Listen what they say,
That man will live forever more because of Christmas Day.


Question for further research:
Did Jester Hairston compose the words and music (out of whole cloth, as it were) or did he 'harvest' and arrange the song, as I believe he did with "Amen?"


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 11:16 AM

Could be! I was tired.


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 02:22 PM

I saw that "version" of "Mary's Boy Child" that George posted, but I passed it up because it was so bad. The meter and structure just doens't work. What Genie posted seems much closer to what Belafonte sang, but I think this desreves a bit more research. I see George's version was harvested - I'm trying to find out who harvested it and intercept it.
Who Wrote that Song? (Jacobs), which is not always perfectly accurate, says words and music for "Mary's Boy Child" were by Jester Hairston, published in 1956. Recorded by Harry Belafonte. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 02:40 PM

Belafonte's version is available at his website, BTW.

The version George posted IS lovely as a MEDLEY of two songs, with different rhythms and melodies. Actually, it's part medley and part countermelodies, IIRC.

Somewhere in the forum there's a post that tells the name of the group that did that recording.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Mary's Boy Child
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 02:46 PM

Which site is that, Genie - I didn't find lyrics yet on http://www.belafonte-asiteofsites.com/. Didn't find an official Belafonte site, either.
Yeah, I suppose what George posted could more accurately be called "an arrangement" - but it's an arrangement that doesn't work without sheet music.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Mary's Little Boy Child / O My Lord
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 03:08 PM

The Jamaican group that did the "Mary's Boy Child/O My Lord" medley is apparently called "Boney M." or "Bony M." I'm really not sure of the spelling.

Who dun 'em?--Xmas classics

query about this medley

reply from John from Hull

I love the way they use a touch of Jamaican style in both the lyric and the phrasing, so it's in keeping with the reggae rhythm.  E.g., they sing "...born on Chris-a-mas day," which is the way I sing it, too, after hearing their version.

Belafonte's version is in some ways reminiscent of what the Kingston Trio sometimes did with old folk songs, i.e., change the colloquialisms and archaic expressions into modern-day proper English sentences.  So, "Listen what they say: Mary boy child, Jesus Christ, he born on Chris-a-mas day..." becomes "Listen to what they say, that Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas day."


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 07:28 PM

When my daughter was little she sang Mary's Boy Child in her junior choir. My favorite verse was when in her innocence she sang, "By'n bye they found a little nook, in a stable awful warm..."


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: Genie
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 08:57 PM

Love those mondegreens, Animaterra, and kids are rich sources of them!


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Subject: ADD: Mary's Little Boy Child / Mary's Boy Child
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Dec 02 - 11:19 PM

"Mary's Boy Child" is recorded on "To Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Harry Belafonte (1962 RCA)

Here's what I found in the Hal Leonard fakebook called The Book. Seems to me this is a 100 percent composed song, not traditional. Of course, a composed song can enter the tradition and take on elements that appear primitive and authentic. I think that can happen very quickly with a Christmas song, since they are often the only songs people still sing. The Bony M medley is here (click).
-Joe Offer-



    MARY'S LITTLE BOY CHILD
    (Jester Hairston)

    Long time ago in Bethlehem,
    So the Holy Bible say
    Mary's boy child Jesus Christ
    Was born on Christmas Day.
      Hark now hear the angels sing,
      New King's born today,
      And man will live forevermore
      Because of Christmas Day

    While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
    They saw a bright, new, shining star,
    Heard a choir from Heaven sing,
    The music came from afar.
      Chorus

    Now, Joseph and his wife, Mary,
    Came to Bethlehem that night.
    They found no place to bear her child,
    Not a single room was in sight.

    ©1956, Schumann Music

This is closer to the way Harry Belafonte sings it:

MARY'S BOY CHILD
(Jester Hairston)

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary's boy child Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a new king born today,
and man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
[Trumpets sound and angels sing, listen what they say,
that man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.]

While shepherds watch their flock by night,
them see a bright new shining star,
them hear a choir sing,
the music seemed to come from afar.

Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
come to Bethlehem that night,
them find no place to born she child,
not a single room was in sight.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a new king born today,
and man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
[Trumpets sound and angels sing, listen what they say,
that man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.]

By and by they find a little nook
in a stable all forlorn,
and in a manger cold and dark,
Mary's little boy was born.

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing, a new king born today,
and man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
[Trumpets sound and angels sing, listen what they say,
that man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.]


transcribed from The Essential Harry Belafonte CD
On many recordings, the second half of the chorus [Trumpets...] is omitted.


Original title: MARY'S LITTLE BOY CHILD
©1956, Schumann Music

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20040217191145/http://w1.871.telia.com/~u87125666/lyrics/marysboychild.htm (corrected after listening to CD)


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Subject: OBIT: Jester Hairston
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Dec 02 - 12:37 AM

A Google Search for Jester Hairston brings up all sorts of interesting information.
Birthday: July 9, 1901
Birth Place: Belews Creek, NC
Date of death: January 18, 2000

Here's an obituary from the University of Massachusetts Chronicle:


Alumnus Jester Hairston Dies at 98: Actor-Composer Helped Preserve Negro Spirituals
by Chronicle staff
January 28, 2000


Jester Hairston, who gave up studies at Massachusetts Agriculture College in the 1920s before going on to a career than spanned movies, television, radio, composing, arranging and choral conducting, died Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 98.

Best known in recent years for playing Rollie Forbes on the NBC sitcom "Amen" in the 1980s, Hairston's earlier acting roles including long-running parts on the radio and television versions of "Amos 'n' Andy" as well as bit parts in Tarzan films.

Although many of his early acting jobs portrayed less than flattering images of blacks, Hairston never apologized for playing racial stereotypes. "We had a hard time then fighting for dignity," he said years later. "We had no power. We had to take it, and because we took it the young people today have opportunities."

Opportunities also expanded for Hairston during his acting career. His films credits included "The Alamo," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "In the Heat of the Night," "Lady Sings the Blues," "The Last Tycoon" and "Lilies of the Valley," for which he composed the song "Amen."

That song, which he dubbed for Sidney Poitier in the movie, reflected Hairston's lifelong dedication to preserving old Negro spirituals. He was a sought-after choral director who organized Hollywood's first integrated choir and composed more than 300 spirituals.

Even in his 90s, Hairston continued to conduct choirs, crisscrossing the world as a goodwill ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

The grandson of a slave, he was born in Belews Creek, N.C., but grew up in the Homestead section of Pittsburgh, where generations of his family worked in the steel mills. Through a scholarship from his Baptist church, he enrolled at Mass Aggie in 1920 to study Landscape Architecture.

At MAC, he briefly quarterbacked the freshman football team and also sang in the glee club as well as several area choirs. He dropped out for several years when his money ran out, returning to school after a woman impressed by his singing offered to finance his education in music. He enrolled at Tufts University and graduated in 1929.

Making his way to New York, he met Hall Johnson, a popular conductor of Negro spirituals who hired Hairston as his assistant. It was Johnson who taught Hairston to respect the Negro spiritual. Shedding his Boston accent, Hairston dedicated himself to preserving the music of the slaves and memorializing the conditions that gave birth to it.

Later in his life, when working with students at college workshops, Hairston would tell them, "You can't sing legato when the master's beatin' you across your back."

When Warner Brothers bought the Johnson show "Green Pastures" in 1935, the conductor and Hairston began their film careers. Hairston's big break came in 1936, when Russian-born composer and conductor Dmitri Tiomkin asked him to conduct the choir in the film "Lost Horizon," which won an Oscar for best score. That began a 20-year collaboration with Tiomkin, who inspired him to form the first integrated choir used in films, including "Red River," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Land of the Pharaohs."

Although he never completed his studies at MAC, Hairston maintained strong ties with the University. In 1972, he was awarded an honorary doctorate. Twenty years later at age 91, he returned to campus again to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Music and Dance.


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child (Jester Hairston)
From: Genie
Date: 06 Dec 02 - 03:22 AM

Thanks for the info on Hairston, Joe.

I've seen documentation of the song as "a Jamaican folk song" and in other places as "words and music by Jester Hairston." If he did compose it and it was later mis-attributed to that "trad" guy, it wouldn't be the first time that sort of thing has happened.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child / Stille Nacht
From: raredance
Date: 06 Dec 02 - 08:39 PM

"Mary's Boy Child" is recorded on "To Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Harry Belafonte (1962 RCA)

The Belafonte Christmas album from 1962 credits Hairston on the disc. The liner notes by Watson Wylie are a little more cryptic.

""Mary's Boy Child", previously unknown, has already become immensely popular in England and has taken its place with the standard Christmas songs."

Previously unknown yet up there with the common Christmas stuff. I'm not sure what that means. Stille Nacht was previously unknown until Gruber/Mohr created it

rich r


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child / Stille Nacht
From: GUEST,varghese,
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 04:05 AM

please may i have the music note of mary's boy child a christmas carol


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Subject: RE: Mary's Little Boy Child / Stille Nacht
From: breezy
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 05:53 AM

Thank you for this fascinating post

I have been singing the song since Harry B made it a favourite and I still sing it at this time of year, it is so popular in England.

thanks again Joe

Happy Christmas


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Subject: Mary's Little Boy Child -&- O My Lord
From: Genie
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 06:29 PM

That Mass. Chronicle article seems to have one error:
[[Opportunities also expanded for Hairston during his acting career. His films credits included "The Alamo," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "In the Heat of the Night," "Lady Sings the Blues," "The Last Tycoon" and "Lilies of the Valley," for which he composed the song "Amen."]]

The song "Amen" was featured in the movie "Lilies Of The Field," not "Lilies Of The Valley."

(But I could swear I knew that song before that movie was made.)


I'd still like to get the lyrics to "O My Lord" which Boney M. sing as a canticle to "Mary's Boy Child."

It may be that those lyrics are in the DT, but if so, it's very misleading, since the "song" title in the DT is given as "Mary's Boy Child."   That DT posting does have what appear to be lyrics to another song too, but it's not identified as a separate song or canticle.

Also, Boney M's recording is the only one I've ever heard that has both songs.   Did Jester Hairston write "O My Lord" too?


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Subject: Lyr Add: OH MY LORD
From: Mysha
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 07:51 PM

Hi,

Something like:
Oh My Lord - [Somebody fill in the origin, if known]


Oh my Lord
You sent your son to save us
Oh my Lord
Your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord
That sin may not enslave us
And love may reign once more

Oh my Lord
when in the crib they found him
Oh my Lord
A golden halo crowned him
Oh my Lord
They gathered all around him
To see him and adore

(This day will live forever)
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
They had become to doubt you
Oh my Lord (He is the truth forever)
What did they know about you
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
But they were lost without you
They needed you so bad

(His light is shining on us)
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
with that child's adoration
Oh my lord (He is a personation)
There came great jubilation
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
And full of admiration
They realized what they had

(until the sun falls from the sky)
Oh my Lord (Oh praise the Lord)
You sent your son to save us
Oh my Lord (This day will live forever)
Your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord (So praise the Lord)
That sin may not enslave us
And love may reign once more


Yes, something like that. Caveat lector
Bye
                                                                Mysha


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S LITTLE BOY CHILD (Jester Hairston)
From: Genie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 03:52 AM

Several errors here and in the DT re Mary's Boy Child.

1. As mentioned above, the Boney M. arrangment combines two different songs: Mary's Boy Child and O My Lord.

2. In "Oh, My Lord," the line "Oh a moment still worth was a glow"
should be:
"For a moment the world was aglow."

3. As Mysha pointed out, there are more lyrics to "Oh, My Lord" than just the ones comingled with "Mary's Boy Child" in the DT.

4. In "Oh, My Lord," the line "He is a personation" is - I'm pretty sure -
"He is the new creation."

5. The Hal Leonard Fakebook leaves out a whole verse of MBC.

Here's the whole song, pretty much exactly as Harry Belafonte sings it:

MARY'S LITTLE BOY CHILD
(Jester Hairston)

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
So the Holy Bible say,
Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ,
Was born on Christmas Day.

Hark now hear the angels sing,
A new King born today,
And man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas Day.

Trumpets sound and angels sing.
Listen what they say:
That man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas Day.

While shepherds watch their flock by night,
Then saw a bright, new, shining star,
Then hear a choir sing;
The music seemed to come from afar.

Now, Joseph and his wife, Mary,
Came to Bethlehem that night.
Then found no place to born sweet child,
Not a single room was in sight.

Hark, now hear the angels sing:
"A new king born today,
And man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas day."

Trumpets sound and angels sing.
Listen what they say:
That man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas day.

By 'n' by they find a little nook
In a stable all forlorn,
And in a manger cold and dark
Mary's little boy was born.

Long time ago in Bethlehem,
So the Holy Bible say,
Mary's Boy Child, Jesus Christ.

Hark, now hear the angels sing:
"A new king born today,
And man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas day."

Trumpets sound and angels sing.
Listen what they say:
That man will live for evermore
Because of Christmas day.

©1956, Schumann Music

"Mary's Boy Child" sung by Harry Belafonte


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S BOY CHILD / OH MY LORD
From: Genie
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 04:23 AM

And, since the combination of Mary's Boy Child and O My Lord is so popular (not to mention being in the DT), here is that version:

Mary's Boy Child / Oh, My Lord

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day

And we may live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.



Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible say,

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.



Hark! Now hear the angels sing, "A King was born today!"

And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.



While shepherds watch their flock by night, they see bright new shining star.

They hear a choir sing a song; the music seemed to come from afar.



Hark! Now hear the angels sing, "A King was born today!

And man will Live for evermore, because Of Christmas Day."

For a moment the world was aglow,
All the bells rang out, there were tears of joy and laughter.

People shouted, "Let Everyone Know 

There is hope for all to find peace."



Now Joseph and his wife, Mary, came to Bethlehem that night.

They found no place to bear her Child, not a single room was in sight,

And then they found a little nook, in a stable all forlorn,

And in a manger cold and dark, Mary's little boy was born.



Hark, now hear the angels sing, "A king was born today,

And man will live for evermore, because of Christmas Day.
"
Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.



For a moment the world was aglow
All the bells rang out, there were tears of joy and laughter.

People shouted, "Let Everyone Know 

There is hope for all to find peace."

Oh, my Lord, you sent your Son to save us,

Oh, my Lord, Your very Self You gave Us;

Oh, my Lord, that sin may not enslave us,
And love may reign once more.



Oh, my Lord, when in the crib they found Him
,
Oh, my Lord, a golden halo 'round Him,

Oh, my Lord, they gathered all around Him,
To see Him and adore.



Oh, My Lord, with a just adoration,

Oh, My Lord, there came great jubilation.
Oh, My Lord, and full of admiration,
They realized what they had. (Until the sun falls from the sky!)

Oh, my Lord, (O praise the Lord!) they had begun to doubt You.
Oh, my Lord, (He is the truth forever!) what did they know about You?

Oh, my Lord, (O praise the Lord!) but they were lost without You,
They needed You so bad. (His light is shining on us all!)


Oh, my Lord, (O praise the Lord!) with a just adoration.

Oh, My Lord, (He is the new creation!) there came great jubilation.
Oh, my Lord, (O praise the Lord!) and full of admiration
They realized what they had (Until the sun falls from the sky!).

Oh, my Lord, (O praise the Lord!), You sent your Son to save us,
Oh, My Lord (This day will live forever!), Your very Self You gave us,
Oh, My Lord ... (fade out)

Boney M: Mary's Boy Child / Oh, My Lord


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Subject: RE: DT Attribution & Minor Corrections PermaThread
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 04:59 PM

"Mary's Little Boy Child" is the legal title of the Jester Hairston song. ASCAP # 430205084. The variation "Mary's Boy Child" and a couple of other variants are listed for the same number.

There are eight BMI listed songs with the legal title "Mary's Boy Child," by various composers. No relation to the Hairston song.

"Oh My Lord" was *composed by Frank Farian and F. Jay, but the tune used may be trad. Composers from CBC track listing (and another site listing only Farian):
http://www.cbc/radioshows/SHIFT_NB/20091222.shtml

*More information needed. There are several songs with that or similar title, including a spiritual.


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 08:39 PM

Q, if you're referring to the lyrics I posted, they are already in forum threads. My point in posting here was to correct errors in the DT. What is given in the DT as lyrics and authorship for "Mary's Boy Child" is a mixture of that song with "O My Lord," with some lyric errors included to boot.   
I was hoping, since the song "Mary's Boy Child" has been deemed DT-worthy, the correct lyrics for that song could replace the inaccurate ones that are already there.
If Dick wants to add the medley of MBT / OML to the DT, it should be identified as a medley and the correct lyrics posted.


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 09:39 PM

Since you entered full lyrics, I assumed that the songs had not been posted as you gave them.

The lyrics sung by Harry Belafonte may not be the sheet music lyrics of Jester Hairston. Do you have the sheet music? Belafonte shortened the title to "Mary's Boy Child" and may have made other changes.

The correct title of the Jester Hairston song is "Mary's Little Boy Child," not "Mary's Boy Child."

The medley by Boney with "Oh My Lord" - that song seems to be by Farian and Jay, but needs checking.


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 11:36 PM

Thanks for the info about the Boney M. medley authorship, Q. (Note that Farian and Jay didn't write "Mary's Boy Child" but may have written "O My Lord" and done the medley arrangement.

The DT often has lyrics posted "as sung by ___ on ___ album."   No reason that could not be done with Belafonte's version of "Mary's Boy Child," which is the first rendition of this song I heard, many decades ago.    Then, if anyone finds Hairston's original lyrics, they could be added separately.

Mainly I was pointing out that what's in the DT is misleading.   It's neither the lyrics to "Mary's Boy Child" (e.g., as sung by Belafonte) nor does it accurately give either the Boney M lyrics or the authorship for both songs.

Oh, and given the nature of this thread, I fully expect my posts to be deleted once the issues are resolved.

Genie
    Well, I moved posts from the attribution thread instead of deleting them. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: Mary's Boy Child
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 07 Jan 10 - 02:54 PM

Authorship by Farian and Jay for "Oh My Lord" only, sorry I was unclear.
However, without the notes to Boney's song, one indication I found put Jay's name as collaborator with the medley composition used by Boney.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mary's Little Boy Child
From: Clontarf83
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 10:52 PM

Listened to Boney M Christmas album tonight. Fascinated with ``Oh my Lord``----- saw Mysha`s excellent version of the lyric. But is there any info on who sang this song or who recorded it, or if there are any other lyrics--(cant get my computer to print a question mark tonight--anyone know how to fix that)


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