“Children Go Where I Send Thee”


Cumulative song: "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...." Add "Two by two, two for Paul and Silas" on up to "Twelve for the Twelve Apostles."


This could well be an American version of "Green Grow the Rushes-O" (Roud naturally lumps those two and several others). But it's easy to create songs such as this one; in the absence of certainty, I treat them as separate. See also the notes on that song. - RBW

Cross references


  • Alphabetical Four, "Go Where I Send Thee" (Decca 7704, 1940; on AlphabFour01)
  • Dennis Crampton & Robert Summers, "Go I'll Send Thee" (ARC 6-10-62, 1936)
  • Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, "Go Where I Send Thee" (Bluebird B-7340, 1937; Victor 20-2134, 1947)
  • Kelley Pace, Aaron Brown, Joe Green, Matthew Johnson & Paul Hayes, "Holy Babe" (AFS 3803 A2+B, 1942; on LC10)


  1. Lomax-FSNA 254, "The Holy Babe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Ritchie-SingFam, pp. 163-164, 195, "[Children, Go Where I Send Thee]" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  3. Ritchie-Southern, p. 54, "Little Bitty Baby (Children Go Where I Send Thee)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 754, "Holy Babe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Silber-FSWB, p. 383, "Children, Go Where I Send Thee" (1 text)
  7. Roud #133
  8. BI, LoF254


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (recording, Dennis Crampton & Robert Summers)
Found in: US(Ap)