CHILDREN GO WHERE I SEND THEE

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CHILDREN GO WHERE I SEND THEE
“Children, Go Where I Send Thee” is a traditional African-American spiritual song. This
song is also known as “The Holy Baby” or “Born in Bethlehem. There are many versions
of this song; the lyrics below were collected by Jean Ritchie from a school for black
children in Kentucky. The verses give a Biblical meaning to each number. This song has
been performed by Nina Simone, Natalie Merchant, as well as by The Kingston Trio, the
Blind Boys of Alabama, Peter, Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash, Audra McDonald and the
Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Children, go where I send thee
How shall I send thee?
I’m will send thee one-by-one
Well one was a little bitty baby
Wrapped in swaddling clothing
Lying in the manger,
Born, born, born in Bethlehem.
Children, go where I send thee
How shall I send thee?
I’m gonna send thee two-by-two
Two for Paul and Silas
One for the little bitty baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem.
Three for the three men riding (or: the Hebrew children)
Four for the four that stood at the door
Five for the gospel preachers (or: the five that came back alive)
Six for the six that never got fixed
Seven for the seven that never got to Heaven
Eight for the eight that waited at the gate
Nine for the nine all dressed so fine (or: the nine that stood in the line)
Ten for the Ten Commandments
Eleven for the eleven deriders
Twelve for the twelve Apostles