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Get on Board Little Children, an Illustrated Song

Posted on: February 1, 2014

 

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The other night my dear friend Caroline and I went to see THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST at Arena Stage in Washington, DC.  It was an amazing one-man show about Paul Robeson, written and performed by Daniel Beaty.  The show takes the audience through Paul Robeson’s career as a performer and activist.  Near the beginning of the evening, Mr. Beaty sang GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN as a spiritual performed by Paul Robeson.  I’d never heard the song before that very day, but first heard it earlier in the day when I was researching the song that I didn’t know inside the pages of the book WHEN I MET ROBIN.  It’s funny how things work that way.  You’re introduced to something and, Bob’s Your Uncle, there it is again…or likely, it’s been there all along but, suddenly, you can recognize it.

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Get on Board (Holton) 2 - Copy
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Printed Music)
From: When I Met Robin
Words and Music by Various Artists
Story by Ralph Allan Dale
Illustrated by Aurelius Battaglia

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Get on Board (Holton) 1 - Copy
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Partial Lyrics)
From: When I Met Robin
Words and Music by Various Artists
Story by Ralph Allan Dale
Illustrated by Aurelius Battaglia

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get on board book SBWE cover only
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (For SBWE) 
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Book Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE

 

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GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Portrait Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Song Page Made by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page:
get on board eleg sbwe portrait – update

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GOSPEL TRAIN/GET ON BOARD wiki (includes audio file and printed music)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_Train

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Interesting info on song origins, here:
http://www.balladofamerica.com/music/indexes/songs/getonboard/

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Info and lyrics for song on Songs for Teaching:
http://www.songsforteaching.com/blackhistorymonth/getonboardlittlechildren.htm

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Info about song on Kiboomu Kids Songs:
http://kiboomukidssongs.com/get-on-board-little-children-song-and-lyrics/

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GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

CHORUS 
(sing between each verse)
Get on board little children
Get on board little children
Get on board little children
There room for many more

The train of life is coming
I hear it close at hand
I hear the car wheels moving
A-rumbling through the land

CHORUS

The fare is cheep and all can go
The rich and poor are there
No second class aboard this train
No difference in the fare

CHORUS

Each rider on this train has something
Great to give the world
That makes the world a better place
For every boy and girl

CHORUS (x2)

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Paul Robeson sings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSZEYYYjtIY

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Shirley Temple sings

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1rEZ9TzD34

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Choir and soprano soloist

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Vzq2ghAFYs

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Cedermont Kids, childrens’ music version:

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GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN is featured in:
when i met robin
When I Met Robin
Words and Music by Various Artists
Story by Ralph Allan Dale
Illustrated by Aurelius Battaglia

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get on board eleg sbwe
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Song Page Made by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page
get on board eleg sbwe

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Addendum 11/26/2014

I had a wonderful experience discovering and a fun time learning the song GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN.  It was a nice surprise to be watching the Transcontinental Railroad Episode of This is America Charlie Brown and hear GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN used in the soundtrack, as sung by The Winans.

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Watch it on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4qYUnm4ZYY

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You can watch the video (and hear the song) on Daily Motion:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1932fc_this-is-america-charlie-brown-the-building-of-the-transcontinental-railroad_shortfilms

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Addendum, 6/2/2015

I’ve been learning to play the guitar for about 2 years now and have been making song sheet with guitar chords that I can use almost from the very beginning.  The first song sheet I made for GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN was oriented in longways (or landscape), but I have found that this orientation is inconvenient for my standard portrait oriented 3 ring binders.  To solve this problem, here is a portrait oriented song sheet with guitar chords for GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN:

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get on board eleg sbwe portrait
GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN (Portrait Song Sheet with Guitar Chords)
Traditional Words and Music
Additional Lyrics and Adaptation by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Song Page Made by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this page:
get on board eleg sbwe portrait – update

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Addendum, 4/26/2017

I love this song LOVE TRAIN by Keb’ Mo’

I wonder sometimes if maybe he had heard GET ON BOARD and got inspired to make a modern version.

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Related Posts

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WHEN I MET ROBIN, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WITH MUSIC AND ILLUSTRATED SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/when-i-met-robin-an-illustrated-story-song-book-with-music/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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AURELIUS BATAGLIA
The Singable Picture Books of Aurelius Bataglia
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/singable-picture-books-of-aurelius-battaglia/

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SPIRITUALS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

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SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/sunday-school-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

Singable Picture Books Celebrating African American History Month with Songs, Poems and Illustrations by Prominent African American Artists as well as Musical Picture Books Celebrating Important African American Musical Artists
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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A Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for the song GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/a-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-for-the-song-get-on-board-little-children/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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Get On Board Little Children, on Transcontinental Railroad Episode of This is America Charlie Brown
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/get-on-board-little-children-on-transcontinental-railroad-episode-of-this-is-america-charlie-brown/

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A Portrait Oriented Song Sheet with Guitar Chords for GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/a-portrait-oriented-song-sheet-with-guitar-chords-for-get-on-board-little-children/

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