“Never Said a Mumbling Word”


"Oh they whupped him up the hill, up the hill... and he never said a mumbalin' word..... They crowned him with a thorny crown.... They nailed him to the cross.... They pierced him in the side.... Then he hung down his head and he died."


According to the Synoptic gospels (Mark 15:5, etc.), Jesus said very little to Pilate (according to Mark 15:2, two words, SU LEGEIS, loosely, "You said [it].") John, however, records an extended conversation. - RBW

Cross references


  • Vera Hall Ward & Dock Reed, "Look How They Done My Lord" (on NFMAla5)


  1. BrownIII 578, "He Never Said a Mumbling Word" (1 text)
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 102, "Never Said a Mumblin' Word" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 587-588, "Never Said a Mumbalin' Word" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Botkin-SoFolklr, p. 759, "He Never Said a Mumbalin' Word" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Courlander-NFM, p. 60, (no title) (1 text)
  6. Roud #10068
  7. BI, LxU102


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926
Found in: US(SE)