This week, Gary Heimbauer is getting into the holiday spirit by teaching a simple, beginner-friendly version of a classic Christmas carol.
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" is a well-known Christmas carol that has its roots in the African-American spiritual tradition. The song dates back to at least the mid-19th century, though its exact origins are not clearly documented. It's believed to have been passed down orally among African-American communities in the southern United States before it was eventually transcribed and published.
The song's lyrics focus on the Nativity of Jesus Christ and the announcement of his birth. The chorus, "Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere; go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born," reflects the joyous proclamation of Jesus' birth. The verses typically recount various aspects of the Nativity story, such as the shepherds' experience and the appearance of the angel announcing Jesus' birth.
"Go Tell It on the Mountain" gained wider popularity in the 20th century, especially in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement, where it was used as a song of hope and freedom. It has been covered by numerous artists across various music genres, and its simple yet powerful message of joy and salvation has made it a holiday favorite in many Christian communities.
The song is often featured in Christmas concerts, carol services, and church celebrations. Its enduring appeal lies in its uplifting melody and the universal message of hope and joy associated with the Christmas season.
Stay tuned to learn how to play "Go Tell It on the Mountain" on guitar.