Henrietta and Merna sing "Go Tell It On The Mountain"


98 Responses to “Henrietta and Merna sing "Go Tell It On The Mountain"”

  1. Purly says:

    I can’t tell if they’re stoned or abused.

  2. Antinous says:

    I expect to see that bouquet dissolve in the next episode.

  3. Marsha Keeffer says:

    They’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in their hearts…

  4. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Anonymous @56, that link brought me True Joy, and has been added to my collection of unicorn chasers.

    Thank you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful! Here is equally fascinating version of the same song in Estonian language:


  6. Takuan says:

    so, what you are saying is you will select a victim – I mean “song”, and then have everyone send in WAV files of their ” contribution” to it,and then you will do a final mix and post it here….

    I fear.

  7. kpkpkp says:

    So when does the next season of Big Love start?

  8. TheWillow says:

    Someone can find the direct quote, but to paraphrase Eddie Izzard, only Christians can write a hallelujah and make it sound like a funeral dirge.

  9. Bonnie says:

    Xeni and Sean Bonner need to reenact this for the next episode of Boing Boing TV.

  10. jimh says:

    Having grown up in the bible belt, I’ve been to the Sadie Hawkins dance with the young one. And also to third base. I’m betting she’s a wild child when she’s not on Christian public access.

  11. jrucifer says:

    Are you sure this isn’t a clip from Tim and Eric Awesome Show?

  12. Phikus says:

    If the holy spirit fails to inspire, I think I know what will.

  13. 2HourHiatus says:

    well I am filled with joy, I don’t know about you guys. I also think I hate music now.

  14. RationalPragmatist says:

    That demonstration of stage presence was electrifying. Settle down, you two. You’re gonna set the place on fire. I had to restrain myself from starting a one man mosh pit here at my PC.

    I am now forced to revise my list of greatest, high energy music performers as follows: (1) HR – Bad Brains; (2) Ian Mackaye – Minor Threat; (3) Henrietta and Merna (replacing Henry Rollins from Black Flag).

  15. Takuan says:

    I’m pretty sure that was the first use ever of “dirty pillows”.

  16. GeekMan says:

    So SCOWLY…

  17. Anonymous says:

    This made me so horny. Is that wrong?

  18. Anonymous says:

    You will never mock filk again after posting this.

    Seriously, compare this to any Tom Smith out there.

  19. Secret_Life_of_Plants says:

    As William S. Burroughs said, in his
    “Thanksgiving Prayer”

    [Thanks] For decent church-goin’ women,
    with their mean, pinched, bitter,
    evil faces.

  20. toolbag says:

    Merna looks like she’s being forced to sing at gunpoint.

  21. Patrick Dodds says:

    There is so much about this that is frightening.

  22. demidan says:

    They made baby Cheeses cry.

  23. arkizzle says:

    They made baby Cheeses cry.

    Cheeses of Nazareth?


  24. zog says:

    That slap bass teh funk

  25. jmullan says:

    What does this have to do with Christmas?

  26. Permanganate says:

    I want a wee bit of whatever drugs they are on.

  27. arkizzle says:


    Cow, I noticed your Disco Remix doesn’t use the original singing, so I made another soundtrack remix for it. it’s got the singing from the original video and a housey/techno beat under it.

    I thought you could use it on the Disco one, or maybe do a new composite altogether. Give it a shot :)

    File is here.

  28. Takuan says:

    why not, that Merna has her attributes.

  29. anjael says:

    Attempted smile @ 0:53.

  30. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    Merna looks a little like she is trying to set Henrietta on fire with her mind.

  31. dirtdirt says:

    There’s got to be a big budget Hollywood studio behind this. Writers and craftspeople, and musicians, and sociologists spending months and months working out the details. There’s just no way this could have occurred naturally.

  32. Xeni Jardin says:

    Nice work Arkizzle and Cowicide!

    Holy crap you guys, BB pal Calpernia Addams managed to bluescreen herself into the video WITH FIDDLE.


  33. TheBlessedBlogger says:

    I grew up in a small town in Kentucky and this is giving me serious flashbacks lol. If I had to guess, I’d say poor Merna was forced to do that. Wow, I’m so glad I’m not going home for Christmas.

  34. Xeni Jardin says:

    @arkizzle, holy shit i just downloaded — SICK. You guys are genii.

  35. Takuan says:

    Zizzle, I can see you with laptop on shoulder straps and karaoke machine on back, pulling a little wagon of batteries. You’ll always have work.

  36. Takuan says:

    OK now Xeni, this is getting out of hand…

  37. han says:

    I think their Christmas spirit is broken.

  38. arkizzle says:

    Hah! Thanks Xeni!

    Takuan, that is so, so close to a perfect description of the last 10 years of my life.. a wandering bitsmith.

  39. dbarak says:

    You’ve all been fooled. Those are Satan’s minions, placed here to divert your attention from the one and true lord, Steve Jobs.

  40. arkizzle says:

    The violin one is equal parts hilarious and terrifying :)

  41. Red Leatherman says:

    I just wanna yeeeeeehaaaaw while I watch it.
    yeah buddy, Henrietta and Merna is why god made tequila.

  42. emmaw says:

    And again we are reminded of the pitiful state of music education in the US. My high school choral director is spinning in her grave.

  43. teapot7 says:

    Ouch. You can tell the younger one isn’t armed – she looks like she wants nothing more than to shoot herself.

  44. FoetusNail says:

    Home at last, with a sleeping family and a fifteen year old in my hand, in a glass, scotch.

  45. Takuan says:

    I bet I could get them to sing. A warm spring day in the hills, redolent of jasmine and lambs-wool,a jug of good red and my pipes, a hoof-tapping tune and we’d away…

  46. darren says:

    I’ll bet Merna likes to party.

  47. Pam Rosengren says:

    They remind me of Australia’s famous Kransky Sisters http://www.thekranskysisters.com/ – except the Kransky Sisters know they are a comedy act.

  48. Dani4a says:

    That’s… horrifying.

  49. g.park says:

    Uncle Muscles Hour?

  50. Antinous says:

    Maybe…they’re zombies.

  51. arkizzle says:

    Right, I was impatient, so I threw a quick video together for the:

    Techno Remix !!


    Feel free to use the soundtrack I posted to make a better vid..

    CC, non-commercial, attribution :)

  52. minTphresh says:

    are u cats kiddin me? those chicks smolder. SMOLDER I SAY! no trailer park could hold these two ! it would melt to a puddle of molten aluminum!

  53. That Evening Sun says:

    Do you know why Henrietta and Merna think a lady should never make love while standing up?

    It looks too much like dancing.

  54. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    It’s fun to compare: http://xrl.us/7funi

  55. minTphresh says:

    also, merna +50 for the ultimate fe-mullet! those bangs are precious!

  56. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Arkizzle: Bravo! Did you clean up the sound quality while you were at it? I can hear the intro more clearly in your version.

    Xeni, tell Calpernia I admired her matching fiddle backup. It was scary and true.

  57. Takuan says:

    verra nice! Rachel’s a talent though.

  58. cowmix says:

    This looks like every cable public access show I ever was a part of.

  59. NJ says:

    ****ers like these sang at my Dad’s Funeral.

  60. pigsnot says:

    Merna is hot…..shes the one on the left right?

  61. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    My favorite comment on the Police News Online story:

    “I would be interested in the Police Officers’ side of the story. Not all 12 year old girls are children, either in age or size.” — Rose Granholm, Bastrop, Texas

  62. Cowicide says:

    The inevitable REMIX of this video has been made.

    I’d like to thank God for making them shoot their original video on a blue screen.


  63. Antinous says:

    Who says that YouTube comments are always bad?

    Jesus died for their singing.

  64. mercurytransit says:

    Wow, that totally unreminds me of this:

  65. Takuan says:

    whoops, ya mislaid one Mark

  66. arkizzle says:

    Yay! Thanks T.
    I did clean it up, not extremely well in fairness, but denoised and compressed enough to not annoy.

  67. rose bush says:

    this is THE best christmas present a grrrl could EVER ask for! merci

  68. the real gent says:

    i love america!

    those two fine upstanding ladies were just feared for their lives. there must be a snake-charmer around there somewhere.

  69. timquinn says:

    Well, I’m thinking that Merna can sing out when mom isn’t around. Maybe a different choice of material though . . .

  70. davevontexas says:

    Yes, Virginia, this is where goth girls come from.

  71. jonjonz says:

    The one on the right reminds me of “Carrie”,
    talk about repressed.

  72. Cowicide says:

    More festive REMIX, now with DISCO


  73. Anonymous says:

    Alas, a right click to select “high quality”, didn’t.

  74. Tom Hale says:

    The one on the right is cute – maybe a little damaged, but cute.

  75. JJR1971 says:

    The way Merna is holding her other arm, the bored expression on her face, all say she wishes she was someplace, anywhere else than singing on this dumb show, and is just wanting it to be over with so she can leave the building, and eventually leave the po-dunk town she lives in and probably feels trapped in.

    I wonder if her folks or her pastor gave her a lecture about failing to show the proper spirit of joy about Jesus on cable access tv…then again, Henrietta wasn’t exactly vivacious or expressive either.

    It’s too bad that Henrietta got the better name of the pair; Merna just sounds so….OLD for a young teen or 20-something. If it wasn’t clearly spelled out, I would’ve guessed the act was Merna and Henrietta, not the other way around.

  76. Setharian says:

    I’ve seen forced hostage statements that were happier than that.

  77. Halloween Jack says:

    Leslie Hall called, she wants her sweater back. Also her glasses. Also her shtick.

  78. CalperniaAddams says:

    Ok, the die has been cast. The “Out with Henrietta, Faux-lesbian seduction of Merna” Remix Meltdown:

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq2Vnah7xe8

    The mp3(s): http://www.calpernia.com/music/free-music-downloads.html

    Fiddle Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KQw26ZqsUQ

    No mp3 for that one. I’m not completely cruel.

    I am officially sick of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” now, ha ha.

  79. desiredusername says:

    That there is some deep American gothic. The choice of songs and the beautiful ivory-skinned young woman with amazing snake-like eyes spell a fermenting brew of dark country misery and rote faithful yearning.

    How architypically delicious!

  80. Shrdlu says:

    I think they both need a little diversity in their gene pool.

  81. Maddy says:

    I love the dissolve on the flower bouqet to bring us to the glorious noise …

  82. Takuan says:

    mmmm, glabrous….with rythmn….

  83. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Lol – Merna is kinda cute, in a pouty Drew Barrymore kinda way. The faux lesbian seduction is much needed!

    I love the BB community interaction on this. It’s like we’ve become Something Awful…

  84. DeWynken says:

    I dropped X with Merna at a rave in 1994. Don’t let her fool ya, she’s a freak.

  85. Anonymous says:

    I was actually hoping to get rick-rolled.

  86. Johnny Cat says:

    Pigsnot, if you’re lovin the coven, I think it’s best that you go tell it on the mountain.

  87. tboot says:

    If you look closely, you can see a man holding a gun to their heads right off camera.

  88. redsquid says:

    ‘I dropped X with Merna at a rave in 1994. Don’t let her fool ya, she’s a freak.’

    I was gonna say ‘smoked ice all weekend at a truckstop in 03′, but yes, she is indeed a freak. Well played.

  89. graphicsman says:

    @Zog – you’re right, man – that bassist has Teh Skillz!
    uh… which one’s Henrietta and which one’s Merna? That’s never really cleared up, it’s like an awesome cliffhanger…

  90. Takuan says:

    something awfully wonderful or something wonderfully awful? Or just full of awe and wonder?

  91. Superfluous Moniker says:

    Oh man, I need a unicorn chaser after seeing that…

  92. Johnny Cat says:

    Love the use of switching/dissolving shots. Fantastic journeys over Henrietta’s head to another angle. So happy, so happy. So unearthly happy.

  93. Awemaker says:

    I feel like I’ve been Rick Rolled.

  94. Antinous says:

    You are soooo going to hell.

  95. Antinous says:

    I’ll get us a good table if I get there first.

  96. Xeni Jardin says:

    Boing Boing tv should look and sound more like this.

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