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Friday, December 25, 2009

Mary's Boy Child Harry Belafonte 60s Christmas



SONGS I LOVE:

Mary's Boy Child is a 1956 Christmas song, written by Jester Hairston, first sung by Belafonte and covered by more than 30 singers far and wide.


Mary`s Boy Child (Harry Belafonte)


Long time ago in Bethlehem

So the Holy Bible say

Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ

Was born on Christmas day.

Hark, now hear the angels sing

A new King born today

And man will live forever more

Because of Christmas day.

While shepherds watched their flock by night

And see a bright new shining star

And hear a choir sing

The music seem to come from afar.

Now Joseph and his wife Mary

Come to Bethlehem that night

And find no place to born swee' child

Not a single room was in sight.

Hark, now hear the angels sing

A new King born today

And man will live forever more

Because of Christmas day.

By and by they find a little nook

In a stable all forlorn

And in a manger cold and dark

Mary's little boy was born.

Hark, now hear the angels sing

A new King born today

And man will live forever more

Because of Christmas day.

From: You Tube: Inky261. Thank You!

6 comments:

Victor said...

This is a very nice rendition of Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte. If I am not wrong, he also sang the Banana Boat Song - the one that goes Teh O, Teh O.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

BC Teoh said...

Andy, I like this Christmas song from Harry Belfonte very much. He reall sang this song with his own syle.

Andy Young* said...

Hi Victor,
Yes, Belafonte is well-known in the 60s for making the public take notice of Calypso music that has the rhythmic beat of the South Sea islands.
His "Day Oh, Day Oh," is popular just as his "Coconut Woman" and "Mama Looka Boo-Boo." Most listened to is of course, "Island In The Sun" where Singaporeans relate to the lyrics very well.

Andy Young* said...

Thanks BC because this carol is also my favourite, top of the list for Christmas songs. His delivery shows his understanding of the theme of the song, the birth of Jesus Christ, a joyous occasion for most but also a solemn one for others.

dino martin peters said...

Andy, this is a wonderful Christmas song and Mr. Belafonte has done the definite version. Hope you had and will continue to have a wonderful Christmas time.

Andy Young* said...

HI DMP,
It's really the best version I've heard. A wonderful song dedicated to a wonderful teacher who was born in a manger.