Go Tell It on the Mountain
This is an online fiddle lesson for the Christmas carol "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
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Genre: Gospel, Holiday
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Key of A
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Video #1: Here is a video of me performing the Christmas spiritual "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus.
In 1963, the musical team Peter, Paul and Mary, along with their musical director, Milt Okun, adapted and rewrote "Go Tell It on the Mountain" as "Tell It on the Mountain", their lyrics referring specifically to Exodus and using the phrase "Let my people go," but referring implicitly to the Civil Rights struggle of the early 1960s.
Go Tell It on the Mountain A While shepherds kept their watching E A Over silent flocks by night Behold throughout the heavens B E There shone a holy light Refrain A Go, tell it on the mountain E Over the hills and everywhere A Go, tell it on the mountain E A That Jesus Christ is born The shepherds feared and trembled When lo! above the earth Rang out the angels chorus That hailed the Savior’s birth Refrain Down in a lowly manger The humble Christ was born And God sent us salvation That blessed Christmas morn Refrain