Talk:Joy to the World (Three Dog Night song)

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OK I see that "incipit" is really a word and you're using it correctly, but don't you think it's a bit obscure for an encylopedia for regular folks? (At first blush I thought this was a typo for "insipid.") Perhaps "opening lyric" would work better for most readers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:31, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Jeremiah Bullfrog[edit]

Jeremiah Bullfrog is a morning show producer at K-Frog 95.1FM in Southern California. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:23, February 23, 2009 (UTC-4)

Gospel song?[edit]

I remember seeing this performed during a Fourth of July concert, by a gospel singer (can't remember who) who changed the opening line to "Jeremiah was a prophet" and proceeded to sing about the prophet Jeremiah in the Bible. Has this version of the song been recorded or performed elsewhere? Stonemason89 (talk) 15:21, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

From what I can see the song was originally a Gospel song written by Hoyt Axton. I have a groovy book called "Here Comes Jesus: A Youth Hymnal" Published by Manna Music ©1973 compiled by Hal Spencer, Carl Farrer, & Dwight Elrich
The Lyrics go: Jeremiah was a prophet, Moses was a prophet too, Jesus was the Son of God and Man, His love shines down on you, yes his love shines down on you
vs 2 is: The reason to be a Christian is just as plain as day, the sermon on the mountain was made to show the way, it was made to show the way.
vs3: When you're lost out on life's highway, you have no place to hide. The keys are in the Kingdom, yes we're all welcome inside, yes we're all welcome inside
The chorus is "Singing Joy to the world, all the boys and girls now, joy to the children of Galilee, joy to you and me.
The chord progression and notation is the same as the popular version (which is the only version I can find Axton singing) but the original copyright is: ©1972 Lady Jane Music BMI used by permission. I don't know if Axton wrote any other gospel material but it was common among many artists in that time. One of the artists prominently featured in the book is Larry Norman but whether he performed the song I don't know. The book also contains Lean on Me by Bill Withers and a lot of other gospel songs that were also commonly used in the civil rights movement, as well as more traditional hymnal pieces.
I'd love to hear anything else anyone knows about this "original" version of the song which does explain the first line's inclusion of "Jeremiah was a prophet" -- (talk) 10:21, 26 August 2012 (UTC)