Children, Go Where I Send Thee

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"Children, Go Where I Send Thee" is a traditional African-American spiritual song, spread as a Christmas tune by popular musicians in America. Find the lyrics of this cumulative song below and a brilliant performance by Kenny Rogers!

1 Children, go where I send thee.
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee one by one,
*one is the little bitty baby was born, born,
born in Bethlehem.

2 Children, go where I send thee.
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee two by two,
two are Paul and Silas born,
born in Bethlehem.

3 Children, go where I send thee.
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee three by three,
three are the Hebrew children, born,
born in Bethlehem.

4 Children, go where I send thee.
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee four by four,
four are the gospel writers, born,
born in Bethlehem.

5 ... five are the five that dressed so fine,
6 ... six are the six that couldn't get fixed, 
7 ... seven are the seven came down from heaven,
8 ... eight are the eight that stood at the gate,

9 ... nine are the nine that dressed so fine,
10 ... ten are the ten commandments,
11 ... eleven are the 'leven came down from heaven,
12 ... twelve are the twelve disciples,

Songwriters African-American traditional Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Children, Go Where I Send Thee

"Children, Go Where I Send Thee" also known as "The Holy Baby" or "Born in Bethlehem" is a traditional African-American spiritual song, as well as a cumulative song, each giving a Biblical meaning to the numbers mentioned. This tune is a similar format to the cumulative carol known as the "12 Days of Christmas."


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