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Christmas songs about Joseph?

Wesley S 24 Dec 10 - 06:52 AM
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Subject: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Wesley S
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 06:52 AM

We sing about angels, wise men, drummer boys , babes in a manger and Mary. But does anyone know and Christmas songs about Joseph - from his point of view? It seems to me like he gets left out of the Christmas carol collection. He gets a few passing references - but that's about it. I'd like to see the stepdad in the story get his due.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: justice
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 07:13 AM

Search for CHERRY TREE CAROL, which begins, "Joseph was an old man, an old man was he"


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 07:15 AM

Alternative lyric for the same title is "As Joseph was a-walking".


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: maeve
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 07:27 AM

Wesley- You might like "Joseph's Song" by Michael Card. There's also "Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine".

When I sing "If Anybody Asks You Who I Am" I include a verse about Joseph. One of these days I'm going to write a song about Joseph.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 04:07 PM

We were not allowed to sing the Cherry Tree Carol because it was nice to St. Joseph. mg


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: open mike
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 04:31 PM

poor Joseph...gets the short end of the stick every time...
not even known as the sperm donor....
he should get equal time as the adoptive father!!

Darryl Purpose has a song Mary and Joe on his c.d. Gift of the Magi
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dpurpose3

it has been covered by some other folks too


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 04:49 PM

Wesley, I wrote one to be sung to the tune of "I Live Not Where I Love." I'm planning to put it on the Mudcat Christmas CD that's in the works.

PM me if you'd like the words.

Cheers,
Claire


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 05:26 PM

Of course, my favorite line from the version of Cherry Tree Carol that I sing is, "And Mary gathered cherries while Joseph stood around."

Linn


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 05:29 PM

I think the offensive line was let the father of thy baby gather cherries for thee...mg


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Subject: ADD: Joseph's Song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 05:39 PM

A soloist in our choir is doing a Michael Card song called Joseph's Song tonight. It's a little too maudlin for me, but a lot of people like it.

JOSEPH'S SONG
(Michael Card)

How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be?

Lord, I know He's not my own
Not of my flesh, not of my bone
Still Father let this baby be
The son of my love.

Father, show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God?
Lord, for all my life I've been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king?
How can I raise a king?

He looks so small
His face and hands so fair
And when He cries, the sun just seems to disappear
But when He laughs, it shines again
How could it be?

Father, show me where I fit into this plan of yours
How can a man be father to the Son of God?
Lord, for all my life I've been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king?
How can I raise a king?

How could it be this baby in my arms
Sleeping now, so peacefully
The Son of God, the angel said
How could it be?
How could it be?


It Wasn't His Child and Joseph's Lullaby are other similar songs.

Source: http://www.christmas-songs.org/songs/josephs_song.html


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 06:31 PM

Didn't The Carpenters do something ?.......


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: open mike
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 07:20 PM

Joseph WAS a Carpenter!


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 07:40 PM

Many, many years ago, I had a record by a folksinger named Fred Engelberg, who wrote a song called NOBODY'S TALKIN' 'BOUT JOE. The lyrics I remember are:

Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout Jesus 'n' Mary,
Nobody talks about Joe ... poor Joe.

...What kind of God is this?
He'd impregnate his woman, cuckold his man,
Then crucify his only Son.

[I don't think it's the kind of song most people would want to sing, to get into the Christmas spirit.]


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 10:47 PM

There's a song about Joseph called "It Wasn't His Child" - I can't remember the singer, but it was a female country artist, within the last ten years.


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Subject: Lyr Add: IT WASN'T HIS CHILD (Skip Ewing)
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 10:49 PM

Found the lyrics but don't know who wrote or sang it:

IT WASN'T HIS CHILD
(Donald "Skip" Ewing)

He was her man, she was his wife
And late one winter night
He knelt by her
As she gave birth
But it wasn't his child
It wasn't his child

Yet still he took him as his own
And as he watched him grow
It brought him joy
He loved that boy
But it wasn't his child
It wasn't his child

But like a father
He was strong and kind and good
And I believe he did his best
It wasn't easy for him
But he did all he could
His son was different from the rest
It wasn't his child
It wasn't his child

And when the boy became a man
He took his father's hand
And soon the world all know why
It wasn't his child
It wasn't his child

And like his father
He was strong and kind and good
And I believe he did his best
It wasn't easy for him
But he did all he could
He grew up with his hands in wood
And He died with his hands in wood
He was God's child
He was God's child

He was her man, she was his wife
And late one winter night
He knelt by her
As she gave birth
But it wasn't his child
It was God's child

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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 12:15 AM

Jim, That seems to be a characteristic of gods in many mythologies...that they just seem to get off on fathering as many children as possible, then not doing anything useful. Sort of a cookoo's nest situation.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: janemick
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 04:28 AM

How about "When Righteous Joseph wedded was"

It is mostly about Mary, but gives some of Joseph's side of the story. It has a verse reassuring Joseph that Mary was indeed still a virgin!

I believe it is in:
English Traditional Songs and Carols by Lucy Broadwood
(London: Boosey & Co., 1908)
but the words are available online - I found them here Righteous Joseph


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 05:36 AM

Well, the pediatrician who did "Joseph's Song" at Midnight Mass did a terrific job. When you know the soloist and you're cheering for him, it makes the performance more meaningful. Good job, Dr. Mike.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 25 Dec 10 - 11:15 AM

Is there really any reason why Joseph should have some notoriety?? Other than of course his acceptance that Jesus was immaculately concieved from God and he stood by Mary for that very fact. Not sure why anyone would consider a thread of this nature necessary.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 10:31 AM

Georgiansilver, if notoriety in folklore could be earned by religious relevance, Paul would hold one of the top positions, but I don't know any genuine folk tale or song about him at all.

Joseph has captured the imagination of Christians right from the beginning (see the thread about the apocrypha), and is therefore prominent in all genres of Christian folklore. This may be one of the reasons for the high esteem of craftsmanship in Christian societies, which is the foundation of technological leadership still today.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 11:17 AM

My favorite exchange in the Cherry Tree carol was (Joseph)Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee...(Mary)Quoth she, oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries at command... Mom especially was impressed with the total *bitchiness* of that answer!


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: maeve
Date: 27 Dec 10 - 11:51 AM

My favorite is this, as sung by Cindy Kallet:

O, then bespoke old Joseph,
"I have done Mary wrong."
"Cheer up, cheer up, my dearest dear,
And do not be cast down."


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Subject: joseph !
From: GUEST,ken b
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 01:58 PM

a man called joseph. (unknown american rock band)prob late 60s

anybody tell me where i'll find a man called joseph (haa haa)
travelled unknown wiery miles to see a man called joseph (haa haa)
gonna see a man about a job,a boy born with a difference from above
gonna see the king,gonna set me free
anybody tell me where i'll find a girl called mary (haa haa)
travelled unknown wiery miles to see a girl called mary (haa haa)
gonna see the king,gonna set me free,
people come with me now,come feel the joy
people come with me now come see the boy
come see the b-o-y

( repeat ) some words may be missing .my favourite xmas song ever,if anybody knows the name of the band,please let me know .


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Genie
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 03:06 PM

"It Wasn't His Child" was written by Donald R. Ewing II. Trisha Yearwood did the best-known recording of it.
I think Kenny Rogers also recorded this song.   At least I know I've heard a male country artist sing this song.

I posted the lyrics and songwriter credits in this thread:
Lyr. Add: "It Wasn't His Child (Christmas)"   

along with links to some videos of the song


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Arkie
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 04:07 PM

Donald Ewing is better known as Skip Ewing and he has had quite a bit of recognition in the country industry as an artist and a writer.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Genie
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 05:12 PM

Yes, in the thread I linked to above, there's a link to his website. It lists a slew of country hit songs he's penned and Grammys and other awards he's won. That thread also has a link to his own recording of "It Wasn't His Child."


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: open mike
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 06:11 PM

you tube of It Wasn't His Child...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZfJP4KpnHU

Joseph's Lullaby---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgcGmgrNuLM&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Bert
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 09:33 PM

There's this one by Jake Thackray


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,pete from seven stars link
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 03:01 PM

ken b-i dont know who the original band was but cliff richard did a version of what looks like the same song on his album"small corners"

to those who compare mary to the women who in mythology who were pregnant via the gods,-bear in mind that mary giving birth to Jesus was a VIRGIN birth in christian teaching.the kids that followed however were naturally concieved with joseph.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 04:57 PM

Seein' as Mary was a virgin I'd think "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" would be appropriate...

I donno???

B;~)


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: michaelr
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 05:26 PM

Mudcatter ClaireBear's song about Joseph (and the rest of the family), "Sweet Perfection", is on the new Mudcat CD Until the Dark Time Ends, and it is a beauty.


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Subject: Christmas songs about Joseph
From: Genie
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 06:25 PM

You beat me to that, Michael. And the lyrics to "Sweet Perfection" are posted in the thread titled "Mudcat CD lyrics".


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Young Buchan
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 06:28 PM

Stanley Accrington's Three Wise Women has a verse along the lines of:
The third wise woman said 'Joseph, get up off your arse,
Joseph, get up off your arse,Joseph, get up off your arse'.
The third wise woman said 'Joseph, get up off your arse,
And help the baby king'.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,sleepyjon
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 06:52 PM

There's a good solid trad one called "Joseph and Mary" in the Penguin book of Christmas Carols collected by RVW in Herefordshire with a great tune given there, but which I have also encountered sung to the same tune as used by Anne Briggs for "A fine young girl all in the month of May" (on the LP "The Bird in the Bush") which IMHO makes it truly magnificent. (Don't know which one pinched the tune from the other, though.))

(? seem to have lost my cookie.)

SJ


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Subject: ADD: Joseph (Jake Thackray)
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 07:15 PM

From the jakethackray.com website:

JOSEPH
(Jake Thackray)

Joseph, Joseph, in your cattle stall,
Joseph, Joseph, what do you make of it all, make of it all?

You and your working man's hands and your wrinkled eyes:
How come that you understand? How come so wise?
How come that you show no surprise
When all around the snowy ground is golden tonight, this frosty night?
How come that you know just who the baby is this winter midnight?

Oh, Joseph, Joseph, in your cattle stall,
Joseph, Joseph, what do you make of it all?

Do you know these three Kings, just who they are:
Caspar and Melchior and Balthazar?
Do you know why they came so far
Or even why the air is full of angels tonight, this frosty night?
And why your head is full of music on this winter midnight?

Oh, Joseph, Joseph, in your cattle stall,
Joseph, Joseph, what do you make of it all?

You were so true for so long, so unafraid.
But nobody sings you any songs, no serenades.
And although your face is old and pale
Yet I for one will keep you in my mind's eye tonight, this frosty night;
You're just the man that I want to remember on this winter midnight.

Oh, Joseph, Joseph, in your cattle stall,
Joseph, Joseph, what do you make of it all, make of it all?


Words & Music: Jake Thackray

LFF


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Subject: ADD: Hands of Joseph (Ralph McTell)
From: GUEST,Guest: MikeK
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 10:24 PM

HANDS OF JOSEPH
(Ralph McTell)

When they looked at Joseph's hands
They said, They're the hands of a carpenter
They're big and they're powerful and they're strong
They're the hands that should work in wood
And they're the hands that should work a long day
Joseph he did all those things
But he also learned how to play

He would sing about joy, sing about faith
That the people wished they had
How he heard the voice of Jesus
When the rolling sea got mad
He's a boat in the harbour, he's safe in that love
He know some day he'll be sailing above

When they looked at Joseph's hands
They said, They're the hands of a stonemason
They're big and they're powerful and they're strong
They're the hands that should work in stone
And they're the hands that should work a long day
Joseph he did all those things
But he also learned how to play

When they looked at Joseph's hands
They said, They're the hands of a fisherman
The musician and the mason-carpenter
And he's happy all the time
For they're working every day
And those old hands of Joseph
Oh how they can play.


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Subject: ADD: Joseph - I Was Not His Father, He Was Mine
From: GUEST,MikeK
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 10:33 PM

Joseph - I Was Not His Father, He Was Mine
(Michael McLean)

He was working late one evening
With the wood he knew so well
When she thought she recognized him
Though at first,She really couldn't tell

As she humbly begged his pardon
A strange sadness swelled inside
When she asked, "Aren't you the father
Of that man they crucified?"
Then the carpenter repeated what he's said so many times
He said, "I as not His father, He was mine."

Then he humbly went on working
With those worn and caloused hands
Though she did not ask more questions
He knew she didn't understand.

So he asked if she would help him
And he saw her answer in a glance
She did all the chores he asked her
She was so grateful for the chance
Then they talked for hours of Jesus
And how he knew He was divine
He said "I was not His father,
He was mine.
For how could one so foolish and so flawed
Ever hope to raise the Son of God?"

Then he spoke of the misgivings
That he had had a thousand times
And how Jesus found the tender moments
To let him know he had done just fine

And then the carpenter recited
The greatest truths he'd ever learned
And testified they all came form Jesus
And then her heart within her burned

They embraced as she departed,
And Joseph told her one more time,
"Tell them I was not His father
Tell them He was mine
No, I was not His father,
He is mine."


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Subject: ADD: Dear Joseph (Paul Espinoza)
From: GUEST,MikeK
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 10:39 PM

...and one more:

DEAR JOSEPH
(Paul Espinoza)

- 1 -
Dear Joseph, rest a while by my side,
whisper the words that the angel spoke,
take my hand, be my guide.

- 2 -
Dear Joseph, you have always been strong,
bending to help me to make my way,
come now, it won't be long.

- Bridge 1 -
Our son will guide our every step and lead us into love,
A blessing carry I, unharmed, with your love keeping us warm.

- 3-
Dear Joseph, some may call me blessed,
a woman am I, but I can't deny,
that at times I'm afraid.

- 4 -
Dear Joseph, put your hand into mine,
the hour draws near for a miracle,
you have always been kind.

- Bridge 2 -
Your quiet strength dispels my fears, as no rest do you ask,
So patiently you care for us, our well being your only task.

- 5 -
Dear Joseph, our road reaches the end,
please be my comfort in this lonely place,
feel my joy through my pain.

- 6 -
Dear Joseph, rest awhile by my side,
whisper the words that the angel spoke,
take my hand, be my guide.


Dear Joseph
© 1996 - 2004 by Paul Espinoza,
Forest Moon Music, BMI, all rights reserved


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Subject: ADD: Josef Lieber / Joseph Dearest
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Dec 11 - 02:52 AM

Josef Lieber, Josef Mein - Originally sung as a lullaby by the Virgin Mary in 16th Century mystery plays in Leipzig, Germany. Music: "Resonet in Laudibus" (Let Our Praises Resound), 14th Century German carol.

JOSEPH LIEBER, JOSEPH MEIN

Joseph, lieber Joseph mein,
hilf mir wiegen mein Kindelein,
Gott, der wird dein Lohner sein
im Himmelreich, der Jungfrau Sohn Maria.
Eia! Eia!

Gerne, liebe Maria mein,
helf ich dir wiegen das Kindelein.
Gott, der wird mein Lohner sein
im Himmelreich, der Jungfrau Sohn Maria.
Eia! Eia!

Freu dich nun, o Christenschar,
der himmlische König klar
nahm die Menschheit offenbar,
den uns gebar die reine Magd Maria.
Eia! Eia!

Süßer Jesu, auserkor'n,
weißt wohl, dass wir war'n verlor'n,
still uns deines Vaters Zorn,
dich hat gebor'n die reine Magd Maria.
Eia! Eia!


Source: de.wikipedia.org


Here's the Digital Tradition version, which is in need of correction:
    JOSEF LIEBER

    "Josef, lieber, Josef mein
    Hilf mir wiegen das Kendelein.
    Will es wiegen und singen ein:
    'Nun schlaf in Ruh, dein Augelein zu, O Jesu!'"

    REFRAIN;
    Er ist erschienen am heutigen Tag,
    Am heutigen Tag in Israel.
    Der Maria verkundigt ist durch Gabriel, Ei-a, e-ia.
    Jesum Christ hat uns geborn Maria.

    "Gerne, liebe Madel mein
    Will ich wiege das kindelein,
    Will es wiegen und singen ein;
    'Nun schalf in Ruh, das Auglein zu, O JESU.'"

    REFRAIN:
    ***********************
    note: There should be umlauts at the "u" in "verkundigt" and the "a's" in
    "Madel" and "Auglein."
    The tune is from the 14th Century, and is most familiar with the words
    "Christ was born on Christmas day; Wreathe the holly, twine the bay", etc.

    @Xmas @seasonal @carol @religion
    filename[ JOSFLIEB
    TUNE FILE: JOSFLIEB
    CLICK TO PLAY
    SH
    apr97



JOSEPH DEAREST, JOSEPH MINE
(Translation by Percy Dearmer, 1867-1936)

1. "Joseph, Dearest Joseph mine,
Help me cradle the Child divine.
God reward thee and all that's thine,
In paradise," so prays the mother Mary.

Chorus
He came among us at Christmas time
At Christmas time in Bethlehem
Men shall bring him from far and wide,
Love's diadem
Jesus, Jesus;
Lo, he comes and loves and saves and frees us. [1]

2. "Gladly dear one, Lady mine
Help I cradle this Child of thine."
"God's own light on us both shall shine,
In paradise," as prays the mother Mary. Chorus

3. Servant 1:
Peace to all that have goodwill!
God, who heaven and earth doth fill,
Comes to turn us away from ill,
As all may see In Jesus, Son of Mary. [2] Chorus

4. Servant 2:
All shall come and bow the knee,
Wise and happy their souls shall be.
Loving such a divinity as all may see
In Jesus Son of Mary. Chorus

5. Servant 3:
Now is born Emmanual,
Prophesied once by Ezekiel,
Promised Mary by Gabriel, Ah, who can tell
Thy praises, Son of Mary. Chorus

6. Servant 4:
Thou my lazy heart hast stirred,
Thou, The Father's eternal Word,
Greater than aught that ear hath heard,
Thou tiny bird of love, Thou Son of Mary. Chorus

7. Servant 1:
Sweet and lovely little one,
Thou princely, beautiful, God's own Son,
Without Thee all of us were undone;
Our love is won by Thine, O Son of Mary. Chorus

8. Servant 2:
Little man, and God indeed,
Little and poor, Thou art all we need;
We will follow where Thou dost lead,
And we will heed our brother, born of Mary. Chorus

1. Some versions omit the chorus.

2. Some versions have And lies so still within the crib of Mary.

Source: hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com



Sam Hinton told me quite a story about this song - (click).


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 12 - 12:03 PM

Check out GUARD HIM, JOSEPH by Sally DeFrod at defordmusic.com it's all free~ And beautiful!


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 12 - 12:05 PM

Sally DeFord sorry for the typo!


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Sep 12 - 12:57 AM

When Seamus Ennis used to sing "Rocking The Cradle", he would always make two points -

1 that it was the song from which "Git Along, Little Dogies" derived its tune; and

2 that it was a very ancient song, believed by some to have been originally narrated by Joseph, left "weeping and weary with rocking the cradle, rocking a baby that's none of my own".

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 03 Sep 12 - 09:41 AM

Bob Bolton had a thing up about Rocking the Cradle in 2000.

"This song has a most interesting history - far back is the Erse Christ Child Lullaby sung by Joseph to a child 'that is none of his own'."


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: The Sandman
Date: 03 Sep 12 - 04:02 PM

joseph came to somers town along the euston road


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,raypierre
Date: 28 Nov 12 - 10:01 PM

There is this song.....
Bethlehem by Charlie Parr
which begins....
My name's Joseph too
I come from Bethlehem
But I have lived here all my life
Not just for the night.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST,Don Wise
Date: 29 Nov 12 - 03:37 AM

What about Richard Thompson's song "Mary and Joseph" where Joseph "plays the ukelele standing on his head"?


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 04:23 PM

Doubtless this thread is long dead, but I have to correct Georgiansilver. Jesus was not "immaculately conceived." The immaculate conception is a Catholic doctrine that supposes that if Mary had a normal human sinful nature then she could not have born the son of God, therefore it was Mary's conception by her parents that was declared immaculate so that she could be the sinless mother of God.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Dec 15 - 06:47 PM

James Agee wrote a dialect poem called "Lines Suggested by a Tennessee Song". I think the song was a version of The Cherry-Tree Carol. It gives God's explanation to Joseph at length. It has been set to music: http://marginalnotesinwordsandmusic.org/Content/TennesseeSong.pdf.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 05:00 AM

The 1.2mb PDF for the Tennessee Song includes the music.
The lyrics are here

http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=37092#1902061


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 03:40 PM

And I put them there! Evidently I made a hasty search. It was dinnertime.


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Subject: RE: Any known Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: Tradsinger
Date: 09 Dec 15 - 06:09 PM

As Joseph was a-walking (not the Cherry Tree Carol):

http://glostrad.com/as-joseph-was-a-walking/

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Christmas songs about Joseph?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Dec 17 - 01:45 AM

"I Am A Carpenter" - here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV0Simc6kWI

Sheet music available on Sheet Music Plus, and Backing tracks available on CDBaby. Thanks for listening, and hope this is helpful for anyone looking for a Joseph/Carpenter/Holy Family song. :)


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