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Mary Had a Baby

Mary Had a Baby

Product Number: 1.3416*

Composer: Carnahan, Craig

Sku Product Name Price Qty
1.3416 Mary Had a Baby
file_1.3416-E Mary Had a Baby (Downloadable)
*Downloadable choral octavo minimum order quantity is 6.


"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

Additional Information

Product Number 1.3416*
Composer/Arranger Carnahan, Craig
Voicing & Instruments SATB Chorus unaccompanied
Liturgical Year Christmas
Topics (Sacred) Folk Song, Hope/Assurance, Multicultural
Difficulty Medium
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Popular Choral Searches Spirituals
Recording Credits Recorded by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, Minneapolis, MN. Recording Engineer: David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions.
Publisher Galaxy Music Corporation

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