18 August 2008

I Wonder As I Wander - Swain

1. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I...
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

3. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.

After reading this song, is there any doubt that the author of this song, John Jacob Niles and Annie Morgan weren't singing of doubt but contemplating on the sacrifice that Christ had made in order to come to earth and become our Saviour? Doesn't she know that wonder doesn't necessarily mean wonder=question or doubt but wonder can also mean contemplate, reflect on. This song is a reflection as shown in the other verses of the sacrifice that Christ made in coming to earth.

Well, Swain I believe is way off and I don't think she studied the story out too much either. Granted not much information is out there but what is out there she contradicted in her story.

Annie Morgan, nicknamed Ornery in this story for purpose of fitting the name into the first verse lost her mother when she was young. Her father took her and off they went traveling as her father preached in different towns. The whole time though Swain has Annie asking some serious doubting questions that she never gets answered. In the end the song was a result of her doubting soul Swain concludes... I disagree and wish she would have at least gotten some of her facts straight. In John Jacob Niles' journal he records that Annie's father and mother were there. She only sang the first 3 lines to him and he came up with the rest. Obviously though in hearing her sing this song, he didn't question her solidness in the gospel that she had heard from her parents. In the book she is portrayed with brown hair instead of blond hair as she is described in Nile's account.

I wouldn't recommend this book, it wasn't researched well, it is full of questioning and misunderstanding as to the full content of this song.