I second the nod for "Mary, Did You Know?" Keith and I do it in a rock version and if I do say so myself it kicks butt :-)
One of my favorites is Steve Earle's "NOTHING BUT A CHILD". It's on the CD Copperhead Road, and I believe on the above-mentioned Kathy Mattea CD (though I prefer Earle's version).
Once upon a time, in a far off land,
Wise men saw a sign, and set out cross the sand.
Songs of praise to sing, they traveled day and night,
Precious gifts to bring, guided by the light.
Chased a brand new star, ever towards the west ,
Across the mountains far, but when it came to rest,
They scarce believed their eyes; they'd come so many miles.
This miracle they prized was nothing but a child.
CHORUS: Nothing but a child could wash those tears away,
Or guide a weary world into the light of day,
And nothing but a child could help erase those miles,
So once again we all can be children for a while.
Now all around the world, in every little town,
Every day is heard a precious little sound,
And every mother kind, and every father proud
Looks down in awe to find another chance allowed.
HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 30-Nov-02.