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Posted By: Azizi
28-Dec-06 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: Religious Train & Chariot Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: MARY HAD A BABY
The discussion on that African American Christmas Carol thread about what trains meant began because I had found a number of YouTube video clips & online text versions of the song "Mary Had A Baby" that included the line "people keep a comin and the train done gone".

Here's an excerpt of a post that I made on that African American Christmas Carol thread:

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: African-American Christmas Carols
From: Azizi - PM
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 07:09 PM

Here's a video clip of children singing "Mary Had A Baby & Amen":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsGvuRIxR4E


Added October 20, 2006; From Granotaperezi
"Christmas in United Kingdom Godspell"

...

Here are three examples of lyrics for Mary Had A Baby Yes Lord that song that I found online:

MARY HAD A BABY {Example #1}
[traditional, pre-1865]

Mary had a baby - Yes Lord -
Mary had a baby - Yes my Lord -
Mary had a baby - Yes Lord -
CHORUS: People keep a-coming - But the train done gone

Where did she lay Him - Yes Lord -
Laid Him in a manger - Yes my Lord -
Wrapped Him in swaddling - Yes Lord -
- chorus -

Star kept a-shining - Yes Lord -
Moving in the elements - Yes my Lord -
Stood above the stable - Yes Lord
- chorus -

What did she name Him - Yes Lord -
Named Him King Jesus - Yes my Lord -
Wonderful Counselor - Yes Lord
- chorus -

Mary had a baby


http://www.fretnotgospel.com/maryhadababy.html

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MARY HAD A BABY [Example #2]

Mary had a baby, yes, Lord,
Mary had a baby, yes my Lord,
Mary had a baby, yes Lord,
People keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

What did she name him? yes, Lord,
What did she name him? yes my Lord,
What did she name him? yes Lord,
People keep a-comin' an' the train done gone.

She named him Jesus, yes, Lord,
She named him Jesus, yes my Lord,
She named him Jesus, yes Lord,

http://www.santasearch.org/music.asp?PID=1&SongID=194

**

MARY HAD A BABY [Example #3]

Mary had a Baby, Yes Lord
Mary had a Baby, Yes Lord
Mary had a Baby, Yes Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone.

Where was He born, Yes Lord
Where was He born, Yes Lord
Where was He born, Yes Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone.

Born in a manger, Yes Lord
Born in a manger, Yes Lord
Born in a manger, Yes Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone.

What you gonna call Him? Yes, Lord
What you gonna call Him? Yes, Lord
What you gonna call Him? Yes, Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone.

Call Him King Jesus, Yes Lord
Call Him King Jesus, Yes Lord
Call Him King Jesus, Yes Lord
The people keep a comin' but the train done gone.

http://raindrop.org/holidays/christ/c5d.shtml

-snip-

FWIW, I've never heard "the people keep a comin' but the train done gone" versions of the "Mary Had A Baby" song. However, the lyrics of that song very much like I posted in my first comment to this thread are usually sung in Pittsburgh's annual Black Nativity play.

I'm wondering if the "Mary Had A Baby, Yes Lord" song which includes the line "people keep a comin' but the train done gone" is an older version of the "Mary Had A Baby" song that doesn'tt include that line but focuses on what people called Mary's baby...