Mudcat Café message #542968 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25358   Message #542968
Posted By: Haruo
05-Sep-01 - 08:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins of: History of Go Tell Aunt Rhody
None of the versions of "Go tell it on the mountain" that I know has that repeated three times; everything I've heard or seen is more along the lines of
Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhe-e-e-re
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born
(the second line of which is metrically quite hard to accommodate to the dead goose tune; however, the "go tell" lines and the finale are indeed quite similar, and there's no reason it couldn't be sung that way. question is, was it ever?)