"They Hung Him on a Cross"
, also known as "Easter" and "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word", is an American spiritual folk song
. It has been recorded by Lead Belly
, among others.
Lead Belly's version
At least four versions of "They Hung Him on a Cross" were recorded by the American folk musician Lead Belly (born Huddie William Ledbetter). His earliest version was recorded in San Francisco
in February 1945
, as part of a Medley
with two other spirituals, "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
." The other three versions were recorded during different sessions in New York City