Advent Music – Day 8 – Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Departing from the Hellomornings Study.

We ignored Jesus when He was here, yet He never changed His mind. He was treated poorly when He walked on this Earth, yet yet if the events of Jesus’ life and death hadn’t taken place, we would have no hope. Sweet Little Jesus Boy is a Christmas Carol, but it is also considered at times to be a Negro Spiritual. It recounts and asks for Jesus’ forgiveness for His treatment here.

You tube doesn’t have the version of the song that speaks to my heart most, which is by the Boys Choir of Harlem, but here is a lovely version I did find on You Tube.

Sweet little Jesus Boy
They made You be born in a manguh
Sweet little Holy chil’
Didn’t know who You wus.

Didn’t know You’d come to save us Lawd
To take our sins away.
Our eyes wus bline;
We couldn’t see
We didn’t know who You wus.

Long time ago You wus bawn
Bawn in a manguh low,
Sweet little Jesus Boy.
De worl’ treat You mean Lawd,
Treat me mean too.
But please, Suh, fuhgive us Lawd;
We didn’t know ’twas You.

Sweet little Jesus Boy
Bawn long time ago,
Sweet little Holy chil’
An’ we didn’t know who You wus.

“According to William Simon, editor of the Reader’s Digest Merry Christmas Songbook, Robert MacGimsey wrote this carol after walking past crowded speakeasies in New York City on Christmas Eve, 1932. Intended as an art song, it became one of many quasi-spirituals. Most recordings take liberties with the lyrics, some adding entire verses. The initial 1934 copyright was allow to lapse.”

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