syoneda: Bruce Cockburn: Mary Had a Baby

PDF    QR Code    Add to Class   
+19 -5
Mary Had a Baby

Mary had a baby (My Lord)
Mary had a baby (Oh My Lord)
Mary had a baby (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Where did she lay him (My Lord)
Where did she lay him (Oh My Lord)
Where did she lay him (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Laid him in a manger (My Lord)
Laid him in a manger (Oh My Lord)
Laid him in a manger (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

What did she name him? (My Lord)
What did she name him? (Oh My Lord)
What did she name him? (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Named him King Jesus (My Lord)
Named him King Jesus (Oh My Lord)
Named him King Jesus (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Who heard the singing? (My Lord)
Who heard the singing? (Oh My Lord)
Who heard the singing? (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord)
Shepherds heard the singing (Oh My Lord)
Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Star keeps shining (My Lord)
Star keeps shining (Oh My Lord)
Star keeps shining (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Moving in the elements (My Lord)
Moving in the elements (Oh My Lord)
Moving in the elements (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Jesus went to Egypt (My Lord)
Jesus went to Egypt (Oh My Lord)
Jesus went to Egypt (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Traveled on a donkey (My Lord)
Traveled on a donkey (Oh My Lord)
Traveled on a donkey (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Angels went around him (My Lord)
Angels went around him (Oh My Lord)
Angels went around him (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone
songwriter: the origin of this spiritual has been traced to St. Helena Island off the coast of South Carolina. Kathy McGovern is credited with the lyrics.

performed by: Bruce Cockburn

date released: 1993 by Bruce Cockburn

So what do you think is the meaning of the refrain, "the people keep coming but the train has gone." What is the relationship between the birth of baby Jesus and a train?

Here is one evocative comment I found on the internet:

Trains were a new reality in the newly emerging industrial age of the early nineteenth century. They connected places that had been previously isolated. Trains represented a way out, whether physical spiritual, or imaginative. Train imagery figures prominently in Africa American lore. In the spiritual 'Get on Board, Little Children' 'the gospel train is comiong, the cog wheel is a-moing' and rumblin' through the land." "Get on board" to reach the land of spriitual freedom. There is also the historical image of the Underground Railroad, which took passengers from station to station on its way to physical freedom....
"The phrase may constitute a spiritual warning. Mary's baby represents freedom, salvation and deliverance. "Oh my LOrs!" Do not miss your opportunity to worship him. Jesus is the way out of sin and death."
(Cheryl Kirk-Duggan)

Sounds good to me.




Mary Had a Baby

Mary had a baby (My Lord)
Mary had a baby (Oh My Lord)
Mary had a baby (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Where did she lay him (My Lord)
Where did she lay him (Oh My Lord)
Where did she lay him (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Laid him in a manger (My Lord)
Laid him in a manger (Oh My Lord)
Laid him in a manger (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

What did she name him? (My Lord)
What did she name him? (Oh My Lord)
What did she name him? (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Named him King Jesus (My Lord)
Named him King Jesus (Oh My Lord)
Named him King Jesus (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Who heard the singing? (My Lord)
Who heard the singing? (Oh My Lord)
Who heard the singing? (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord)
Shepherds heard the singing (Oh My Lord)
Shepherds heard the singing (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Star keeps shining (My Lord)
Star keeps shining (Oh My Lord)
Star keeps shining (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Moving in the elements (My Lord)
Moving in the elements (Oh My Lord)
Moving in the elements (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Jesus went to Egypt (My Lord)
Jesus went to Egypt (Oh My Lord)
Jesus went to Egypt (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Traveled on a donkey (My Lord)
Traveled on a donkey (Oh My Lord)
Traveled on a donkey (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone

Angels went around him (My Lord)
Angels went around him (Oh My Lord)
Angels went around him (My Lord)
The people keep coming but the train has gone
songwriter: the origin of this spiritual has been traced to St. Helena Island off the coast of South Carolina. Kathy McGovern is credited with the lyrics.

performed by: Bruce Cockburn

date released: 1993 by Bruce Cockburn

So what do you think is the meaning of the refrain, "the people keep coming but the train has gone." What is the relationship between the birth of baby Jesus and a train?

Here is one evocative comment I found on the internet:

Trains were a new reality in the newly emerging industrial age of the early nineteenth century. They connected places that had been previously isolated. Trains represented a way out, whether physical spiritual, or imaginative. Train imagery figures prominently in Africa American lore. In the spiritual 'Get on Board, Little Children' 'the gospel train is comiong, the cog wheel is a-moing' and rumblin' through the land." "Get on board" to reach the land of spriitual freedom. There is also the historical image of the Underground Railroad, which took passengers from station to station on its way to physical freedom....
"The phrase may constitute a spiritual warning. Mary's baby represents freedom, salvation and deliverance. "Oh my LOrs!" Do not miss your opportunity to worship him. Jesus is the way out of sin and death."
(Cheryl Kirk-Duggan)

Sounds good to me.




+19 -5
Quiz #: 9785
Canadian artist, Bruce Cockburn, brings the spiritual tradition of 'call and response' to the Christmas story
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Low Intermediate

Dictionary

Powered by Oxford



Dictionary

Powered by Oxford