Written about 1913, this simple hymn by Clarence Herbert Woolston is a sweet, familiar, but outdated little ditty best and most poignantly done by a children’s choir. Unfortunately it reflects the racial labels and overtones of the times in which it was written. Since it was so popular for so long many felt it best, rather than just tossing the whole of it, to change the lyrics somewhat. Personally, I don’t believe in sanitizing history in general, and in that respect am a purist, but having worked with all kinds of children over the years, especially those who were severely handicapped, I’d hate to see the overt message lost to them just for the sake of Political Correctness. That would really be like tossing out the proverbial baby with the bath water.
So I changed the lyrics without your permission: