Nursery Rhymes

Children Go where I Send Thee

Children Go where I Send Thee Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Children, go where I send thee, How shall I send thee?" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Children Go where I Send Thee" song, also known as "Born in Bethlehem", were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Children Go where I Send Thee Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Children Go where I Send Thee" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's when the song was sung by slaves as a religious spiritual. Meaning: Various references to subjects in the Bible and numbers that relate to them e.g. "Ten for the ten commandments". The words and lyrics are often repeated which make them easy to memorize. We have placed "Children Go where I Send Thee" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Children Go where I Send Thee Song
Title: Children Go where I Send Thee *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Children Go where I Send Thee Lyrics

Children, go where I send thee,
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee one by one
One for the little bitty - baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

Children, go where I send thee,
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee two by two
Two for Paul and - Silas
One for the little bitty - baby
Born, born, born in Bethlehem.

[Repeat in descending order:]
Three for the Hebrew children...
Four for the four that stood at the door...
Five for the gospel preachers...
Six for the six that never got fixed...
Seven for the seven that never got to heaven...
Eight for the eight that stood at the gate...
Nine for the nine all dressed so fine...
Ten for the ten commandments...
Eleven for the eleven deriders...
Twelve for the twelve Apostles...

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Children Go where I Send Thee
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American
Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "Children, go where I send thee, How shall I send thee?"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

A cumulative song
This is a famous cumulative song, similar in format to songs like 'Green grows the rushes O' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Cumulative songs are fun to sing in large gatherings. As the numbers increase each verse becomes longer than the verse before.

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