Friday, December 01, 2006

Mary Did You Know - Redux

Now that its December, I am officially starting to get into the Christmas Spirit. I think I had a mental block about getting into the Christmas mood before December.

I looked on my blog stats today, and found that by far the most commonly viewed pages are from last December. Wow, who would think that year-old posts are still being viewed. As it turns out, both have to do with Christmas music.

The first is a post I wrote a year ago about one of my favorite Christmas songs, Baby What You Goin' to be. You can listen to this song if you click on the link. As it turns out, there are a lot of fans of this song, but it is terribly hard to find on CD. This version is from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I converted the song to MP3 from an old vinyl LP I had, which was produced in the late 1970's, which has never been produced as a CD. I have received a lot of comments on this post from last year during the last couple of weeks. In that post, I explain why the song is so meaningful to me, in a very personal way.

A lot of people have also been going to my post from last year on the song: Mary Did You Know? The only problem with that post is that some of the links no longer work. Also, last year I couldn't find a recording of my favorite version of the song. Well good news! I have found it, and now you can have a listen for yourself. I hope you enjoy it.

Mary Did You Know?
Performed by Kim Bracken

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I like this arrangement because it is simple, and moving. I have heard other versions that are kind of schmaltzy and overblown, in my opinion. The words to this song are quite amazing too:

"Mary, Did You Know?"
Written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God.

The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am


T. F. Stern said...

Thank you for posting Mary Did You Know, one of my favorite Christmas tunes too.

Christi said...

Thank you so much for posting the recording of Baby! I sang this song with my high school choir and it's absolutely beautiful. I have not been able to find a recording of it, so it was wonderful to close my office door, turn up the volume and sing along. The words and the Alto line are still with me after 20 years.

Aisha Mawasi said...

Hi There Sir: Thank you so very much for this site and your lovely version of Mary Did you know and the lyrics.
I have been trying to get the words and music for this song since last year (2007) but did not think of searching the net. Silly me.
Recorded on my phone so I can learn's a little late for this year being already 19th least for Church...but for me...perfect timing. Thank You and may God Bless you and yours with His Richest Blessings.

Aisha Mawasi.. Trinidad and Tobago.W.I