Go Tell It on the Mountain

About the Song

Toby Keith’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain”. Now that’s a song that brings back warm memories of Christmases past. Released in 2007 on his album A Classic Christmas, Keith’s rendition of this beloved carol injects a dose of Southern charm and folksy sincerity into the traditional arrangement.

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While Toby Keith is certainly known for his brand of patriotic anthems and outlaw country swagger, his foray into Christmas music showcases a different side of the singer. Here, he sheds the bravado and adopts a gentler approach, perfectly suited to the timeless message of the carol.

“Go Tell It on the Mountain” is a spiritual, a form of African American folk hymn with roots tracing back to the 19th century. The lyrics themselves are believed to be even older, passed down through generations in oral tradition.

The song’s joyous proclamation of Christ’s birth resonates deeply, particularly within the Black community in the United States. It’s a message of hope and redemption, a beacon of light in often harsh realities.

Keith’s version stays true to the spirit of the original. His rich baritone voice carries a comforting warmth, inviting the listener to share in the celebratory mood. The instrumentation is simple yet evocative, featuring acoustic guitar, piano, and a gentle touch of percussion. This stripped-down approach allows the power of the lyrics and melody to shine through.

There’s a sense of reverence in Keith’s delivery. He doesn’t overpower the song with his signature grit, but instead lets the music speak for itself. It’s a testament to his versatility as a performer, his ability to inhabit different musical landscapes while retaining his own distinct personality.

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“Go Tell It on the Mountain” by Toby Keith might not be the flashiest or most innovative take on this classic carol. But within its simplicity lies a profound beauty. It’s a reminder that sometimes the most powerful messages are delivered in the most straightforward way.

Keith’s heartfelt rendition serves as a welcome addition to the vast tapestry of Christmas music, offering a comforting embrace of tradition with a touch of down-home Southern charm.