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Mary's Boy Child is a 1956 Christmas song, written by Jester Hairston. It is widely performed as a Christmas carol.

The song had its genesis when Hairston was sharing a room with a friend. The friend asked him to write a song for a birthday party. Hairston wrote the song with a calypso rhythm because the people at the party would be mainly West Indians. The song's original title was He Pone and Chocolate Tea, pone being a type of corn bread. It was never recorded in this form.

Some time later Walter Schumann, at the time conducting Schumann's Hollywood Choir, Hairston to write a new Christmas song for his choir. Hairston remembered the calypso rhythm from his old song and wrote new lyrics for it.

Harry Belafonte heard the song being performed by the choir and sought permission to record it. It was recorded in 1956 for his album An Evening with Belafonte. An edited version was subsequently released as a single, reaching #1 on the UK charts in 1957. In 1962 the full-length version was added to a reissue of Belafonte's previously released album To Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The song was also recorded by Mahalia Jackson in 1956 but titled "Mary's Little Boy Child".

The Wiggles sing this song on their Santa's Rockin'! album. Human Nature also sing this song on Carols in the Domain.

Lyrics

Long time ago in Bethlehem

So the Holy Bible say

Mary's Boy Child, Jesus Christ

Was born on Christmas Day

Hark, now hear the angels sing

"New King's born today

And man will live forevermore

Because of Christmas Day."

While shepherds watched their flock by night

Them see a bright new shining star

Them heard a choir sing

The music seemed to come from afar

Hark, now hear the angels sing

"New King's born today

And man will live forevermore

Because of Christmas Day."

Joseph and his wife Mary

Came to Bethlehem that night

They found no place to bear her Child

Not a single room in sight

By and by they found a little nook

In a stable all forlorn

And in a manger cold and dark

Mary's little Boy was born

Trumpets sound and angels sing

Listen to what they say

That man will live forevermore

Because of Christmas Day

Human Nature Video

Human Nature - Mary's Boy Child - Carols in the Domain02:50

Human Nature - Mary's Boy Child - Carols in the Domain

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