Joy on the Mountain

This is it. The fifth and final week of the Christmas Carol one-liners.

I’m ending the series with two songs and not many words. There are links to the lyrics (click on the title of the song) and a short blurb of its origin from Wikipedia. Feel free to read as much or as little as you desire…or simply enjoy the Christmas music because you know that it will soon be gone from radio and TV, and either the cold of winter or the heat of summer will settle in.

“Behold throughout the heavens, there shone a holy light”


“…is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work Jr., dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. It is considered a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus.”

Who better to tell us about Jesus’ birth than the Queen of soul?

“Let every heart prepare Him room”

JOY TO THE WORLD (Unspeakable Joy)

“…is a popular Christmas carol with words by Isaac Watts.  Based on Psalm 98, 96:11-12 and Genesis 3:17-18, the song was first published in 1719. As of the late 20th century, “Joy to the World” was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.

Be prepared to sing loudly and clap your hands.

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12 responses to Joy on the Mountain

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Nothing like Aretha in the morning to start your day moving in the right direction.

    This was a great series, Mary!

  2. LindaGHill says:

    So interesting to read where the songs come from! Thanks for this series, Mary! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You are most welcome! I had forgotten about “Go Tell it on the Mountain” until I finally heard it on the radio last week, then oddly enough they played it at church for Christmas service. Such a classic!

      • J-Dub says:

        We sang that song in choir and I belt it out year round. Drove the kids bonkers but then yesterday one of them mentioned missing that. Me singing in the car as I carted them all over the place.

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