Nursery Rhymes

Good News

Good News Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "O, good news!  De angels brought de tidings down" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Good News" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Good News Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Good News" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves who met in gatherings to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas and therefore considered a Christmas Carol. The words have been documented in the vernacular, the everyday words and accents that were used by the people which give the spirituals and slave songs their unique authenticity. We have placed "Good News" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Good News Song
Title: Good News *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Good News Lyrics

O, good news! O, good news!
De angels brought de tidings down,
Just comin' from de trone.


As grief from out my soul shall fly,
Just comin' from de trone;
I 'll shout salvation when I die,
Good news, O, good news!
Just comin' from de trone.


Lord, I want to go to heaven when I die,
Good news, O, good news! &c.


De white folks call us a noisy crew,
Good news, O, good news!
But dis I know, we are happy too,
Just comin' from de trone.

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Good News
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: "O, good news!  De angels brought de tidings down"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

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