Children, Go Where I Send Thee

SA, piano (children's choir)

This vibrant arrangement of "Children, Go Where I Send Thee" is presented as a dialogue between an adult soloist and children's choir.

A colorful accompaniment, delightful piano interludes, a little thigh-slapping, and a brief foray into musical punsmanship make for a Christmas treat.

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New Jersey Children's Choir; Carol Richardi, conductor. Upper Montclair, NJ
First Unitarian Church Children's Choir; Jennifer Haywood, conductor. Ithaca, NY

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African-American spiritual (arr.)

"Children Go Where I Send Thee"
African-American spiritual

Children, go where I send thee!
How shall I send thee?

I'm gonna send thee one by one:
One for the little bitty baby
Wrapped in swaddling clothing
Lying in a manger
Born, born, oh born in Bethlehem.

I'm gonna send thee two by two:
Two for Joseph and Mary,

I'm gonna send thee three by three:
Three for the three old wise men,

I'm gonna send thee four by four:
Four for the gospel preachers,

I'm gonna send thee five by five:
Five for the ancient stories,

I'm gonna send thee six by six:
Six for the star of David,

I'm gonna send thee seven by seven:
Seven for the seven who went to heaven,

I'm gonna send thee eight by eight:
Eight for the eight come a-knockin' at the gate,

I'm gonna send thee nine by nine:
Nine for the nine who saw the sign,

I'm gonna send thee ten by ten:
Ten for the ten who tried again.