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Mary Had a Baby

By Craig Carnahan

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SATB choir, unaccompanied - Medium - Digital Download
Composed by Craig Carnahan. Advanced/Collegiate. Christmas, 21st Century, Folk Song, Hope/Assurance, Multi-Cultural, Spiritual. Octavo. 12 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (MQ.1.3416-E).

Item Number: MQ.1.3416-E


"This gentle spiritual from St. Helena Island is often associated with the Christmas season, rich with images of the manger and the star illuminating the skies over Bethlehem. But a unique turn is found in the final line of each stanza: 'People keep a-comin' but the train done gone.'
Train imagery is often found in Spirituals dating from this era. For the slaves, trains were synonymous with freedom and escape--whether spiritual freedom as represented by the Gospel Train, or the literal freedom the Underground Railroad provided. This metaphor adds a poignant and uniquely human exclamation point to the celebration of the birth of the one who came to set us free." -Craig Carnahan
Duration: 4:00

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