Mary Did You Know?

UPDATE: Mary Did You Know was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  I stand corrected; read the comments below.

Mary Did You Know was originally written by Mark Lowry in 1984.  Lowry is best know for being a comedian, and practically made a career out of making fun of Bill Gather.  Michael English was the first artist to release it on his debut album in 1992.

Here is Mary Did You Know performed by Mark Lowry, with scenes from the Jesus film.  

*The video description spells his name incorrectly; Lowry not Lowery is correct.

If you prefer Michael English: 

Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd:

And finally Kutless: 

There are many covers of this song, from Kathy Mattea to Donny Osmond.  You can knock yourself out on YouTube.  I think the mere fact that every man and his brother has recorded a version of this says a great deal about its popularity.

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10 thoughts on “Mary Did You Know?

  1. Hey There! I have been reading you for a while and I have an opportunity to nominate you for the Liebster Award. I hope you will accept. My acceptance comes out starting tomorrow and the questions for you will be posted on Sunday at Reinventing the We’ll should you choose to accept!

  2. Angela, for what it’s worth these are the lyrics:

    Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
    Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
    This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

    Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
    Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
    And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

    The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.
    The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb.

    Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
    Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
    Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
    This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I am.

  3. “…practically made a career out of making fun of Bill Gather…”

    Practically? or Entirely?

    I heard someone say that it was the dream of every young Jewish girl to be chosen for this role. So “Mary, Did You Hope?” would make a good song, too. I’ve also heard that in her response to the angel that we call The Magnificat, she quotes or alludes to 17 Old Testament scriptures. So some things — like the ones in the song — she probably didn’t know… but some things she did.

  4. I included the full text of the Magnificat in my Advent meditation for week two. Some things she knew, some things she was told, but I like to note what Luke 2 has to say after the shepherds came and worshiped: “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” A very similar statement is made after they find Jesus in the temple at age 12. Mary was a thoughtful individual, to say the least.

  5. The song was actually written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. If you would be so kind as correcting the article, we sure would appreciate it. Thank you.

  6. The Wikipedia entry for Mary Did You Know says the words were written by Mark Lowry and the music by Buddy Greene. The Wikipedia entry for Buddy Greene, however, credits him as co-writing the song. I’ve looked up the sheet music, which credits both men with lyrics and composition.

  7. I think there’s a semantic issue here. In terms of copyright law, the words/music thing is seen as co-equal. In the case of two contributors, royalties are 50/50 split. Composing the music is full co-authorship, not a secondary role.

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