Go Tell It On the MountainIn 1907,John W. Works III, a professor at Fisk University and a professional musician, compiled and published Folk Songs of the American Negro.Work devoted his time to preserving African-American folk music. This is his arrangement of the song that exists today but this song was known to have been sung by African American slaves dating back to at least 1865.
It was also embraced by the civil rights movement in the 1960's. Today it is a perennial favorite at Christmas concerts and church services.The following is Bob Marley and Peter Tosh's version.
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The while a wind runs low from hill to hill,
As if to stir the birds awake, rouse up
The nodding trees, and draw off silence like
A garment from the drowsy earth. The heavens
Are full of points of light that go and come
And go, and leave a tender ashy sky.