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Favorite Christmas Songs IV

This one we first heard on a Tennessee Ernie Ford Christmas album.
I have always been a sucker for deep singing voices.

The Friendly Beasts
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Jesus our brother kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable of wood
And the friendly beasts around him stood
Jesus our brother kind and good

"I" said the donkey shaggy and brown
I carried his mother up hill and down
I carried him safely to Bethlehem town
"I" said the donkey shaggy and brown

And "I" said the cow all white and red
I gave him my manger for a bed
I gave him my hay for to pillow his head
"I" said the cow all white and red

"I" said the sheep with a curly horn
I have him my wool for his blanket warm
And he wore my coat on that Christmas morn
"I" said the sheep with a curly horn

"I" said the dove from the rafters high
Cooed him to sleep that he should not cry
We cooed him to sleep my love and I
"I" said the dove from the rafters high

And "I" said the camel all yellow and black
Over the desert upon my back
I brought him a gift in the wise men's pack
"I" said the camel all yellow and black

Thus every beast remembering it well
In the stable dark was so proud to tell
Of the gifts that they gave Emmanuel
The gifts that they gave Emmanuel

Comments

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capplor
Dec. 24th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've always liked that one
I once found a very old version of this written in mixolydian mode.
mdlbear
Dec. 24th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think my parents had that album. I certainly remember that version.
mia_mcdavid
Dec. 25th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful one! Thanks for reminding me!
rms_butterfly
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
We had that album when I was a kid. I really liked Tennessee Ernie Ford's voice, too.
allisona
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
My school choir sang this song in their concert last week :).
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