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Mary's Boy Child Lyrics By Harry Belafonte Songs Album: An Evening With Belafonte Year: 1957 Long time ago in Bethlehem, So the Holy Bible say, Mary's boy

Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child


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Album: An Evening With Belafonte
Released: 1957

Mary's Boy Child Lyrics


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 newborn King today,
And man will live forevermore,
Because of Christmas day.
Trumpets sound and angels sing,
Listen to what they say,
That Man will live forevermore,
Because of Christmas day.

(verse 1)
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
They saw a bright new shining star,
They heard a choir sing,
The music seemed to come from afar,

(verse 2)
Now, Joseph and his wife, Mary,
Come to bethlehem that night,
They found no place to bear her child,
Not a single room was in sight.

(verse 3)
By and by, they find a little nook,
In a stable all forlorn,
And in a manger cold and dark,
Mary's litlle Boy was born!

(end song with a full repeat of chorus) From: Trent girlfriendvideo@webtv.net (Girlfriend Productions)
Writer/s: JESTER HAIRSTON
Publisher: BOURNE CO., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Mary's Boy Child
  • Originally, this was a West Indian song written by Jester Hairston, a Julliard-trained songwriter who would later popularize the spiritual "Amen" during the civil rights movement in the United States. The song tells the story of the birth of Jesus.
  • When this reached #1, Harry Belafonte became the first black male to have a #1 in the UK. It was the first ever song to sell 1 million copies in the UK, and the first ever British #1 record to have a playing time of more than four minutes (4:12).
  • This stayed at #1 in the UK for 7 weeks before becoming the only song to drop from #1 straight out of Top 10 the following week. After Christmas it tumbled from #1 to #12. The song returned to the charts the next 2 years at Christmas, going to #10 in 1958 and #30 in 1959.
  • During the Christmas season of 1978, Boney M. returned the song to the top of the British charts with the melody "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord." According to Boney M. member Marcia Barrett in the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "I always thought of Boney M. as being put together by a spiritual force and we liked doing spiritual songs. When we did Mary's Boy Child, we added a bit spontaneously at the end. As it worked, we left it in." Hence the record was listed as a medley of "Mary's Boy Child" and "Oh My Lord."
  • At the end of 2007, Boney M's medley of this song and "Oh My Lord" was the 10th top selling single of all time in the UK. In addition Boney M's version of "River's Of Babylon" was at that date the fifth top selling single of all time in the UK, making them the only act to have 2 singles in the UK all-time Top 10 best sellers list.

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