Children, Go Where I Send Thee

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Children, Go Where I Send Thee
GenreChristmas, spiritual, gospel
Children Go Where I Send Thee

"Children, Go Where I Send Thee" is a traditional African-American spiritual song,[1] as well as a cumulative song. This song is also known as "The Holy Baby" or "Born in Bethlehem." There are many versions of this song, each giving a Biblical meaning to the numbers mentioned.

One for the little bitty baby (Jesus).
Two for Paul and Silas.
Three for the three men riding (Biblical Magi); or the Hebrew children, in some versions.
Four for the four knocking on the door (Four Evangelists); or the gospel writers, in some versions.
Five for the Five that came back alive; or Gospel preachers; or the bread they did divide, in some versions.
Six for the six that never got fixed; or the days when the world was fixed, in some versions.
Seven for the seven that all went to Heaven; or the day God laid down his head, in some versions.
Eight for the eight that stood at the gate; or the eight the flood couldn't take, in some versions.
Nine for the nine that stood in the line; or the nine for the angel choirs divine, in some versions.
Ten for the Ten Commandments.
Eleven for the eleven deriders; or the 'leven of 'em singin' in heaven, in some versions.
Twelve for the Twelve Apostles; or the twelve disciples, in some versions.

This song is often performed as a Christmas carol, and has been recorded by Kenny Rogers with Home Free, Joe and Eddie, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nina Simone, Natalie Merchant, The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mike Seeger with sisters Penny Seeger and Peggy Seeger, The Fairfield Four, Peter, Paul and Mary, Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, The Burns Sisters, Mandisa, Johnny Cash, Mahalia Jackson, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Audra McDonald, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Scala & Kolacny Brothers, Odetta, Hall and Oates, REO Speedwagon, Kenny Burrell, Nick Lowe, Ledisi, Colin James & The Little Big Band, Neil Diamond, The Laurie Berkner Band, The Blenders,Mnogaja Leta Quartet, and Clara Ward.

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  1. ^ "Lyrics and meanings for "Children, Go Where I Send Thee"" (PDF). Mount Mitchell United Methodist Church. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.