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The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy

West Indian carol Play Tune


This calypso Christmas song was first made popular by Trinidadian Edric Connor in his West Indian Spirituals and Folk Tunes. Harry Belafonte and the American folk group The Weavers have both recorded it.

As noted by the editors of the Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols, while the verse is calypso, the refrain has "powerful echoes of Africa." 

Edric Connor (1913-68) was a singer and folklorist who moved to England in the 1940s and later became known as an actor as well as singer. In addition to film (Moby Dick) and stage roles he appeared in TV episodes of The Avengers and Danger Man.

mary with baby

 

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy,
And they say that his name was Jesus.
Refrain:
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious Kingdom.
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious Kingdom.
Oh yes, believer!
Oh yes, believer!
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious Kingdom.

The angels sang when the baby born,
The angels sang when the baby born,
The angels sang when the baby born,
And they say that his name was Jesus.
Refrain:

The wise men saw where the baby born
The wise men saw where the baby born
The wise men went where the baby born
And they say that his name was Jesus.
Refrain:

 

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Away in a Manger | Carol of the Bells  |  Deck the Hall  |  Go Tell It on the Mountain  |  The Huron Carol  |  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  |  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  |  I Wonder as I WanderJingle Bells  |  Jolly Old Saint Nicholas   |  O Little Town of Bethlehem  |  O Mary, Where is Your Baby?  |  Up on the House-top  |  The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy  |  We Three Kings of Orient Are

 

 

 

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