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Lyr Req: Christ Was Born in Bethlehem

COW MAN 21 Aug 97 - 01:15 PM
21 Aug 97 - 06:19 PM
alison 21 Aug 97 - 09:18 PM
rich r 21 Aug 97 - 09:35 PM
CowMan 22 Aug 97 - 12:40 PM
dick greenhaus 22 Aug 97 - 01:02 PM
CowMan 24 Aug 97 - 01:17 PM
sharon 24 Aug 97 - 07:54 PM
Bill in Alabama 25 Aug 97 - 01:21 PM
GUEST,Wooberry 01 Feb 06 - 06:23 PM
kytrad (Jean Ritchie) 01 Feb 06 - 07:45 PM
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Subject: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: COW MAN
Date: 21 Aug 97 - 01:15 PM

There is a Christmas song that I was wondering the title of

The chorus goes like this:

Christ was born in Bethlehem and in a manger lay
Christ was born in Bethlehem and in a manger lay
And in a manger lay
And in a manger lay
Christ was born in Bethlehem and in a manger lay

Thanks
Cow man


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
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Date: 21 Aug 97 - 06:19 PM

help someone


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: alison
Date: 21 Aug 97 - 09:18 PM

Hi

That doesn't really narrow it down very much, but try doing a search for "Jen's lyrics", there is a whole section there on Christmas songs. Sorry, I'm still more or less computer illiterate and can't get the hang of putting this fancy links in yet!!

Slainte

Alison


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Subject: Lyr Add: JESUS BORNED IN BETHLEA
From: rich r
Date: 21 Aug 97 - 09:35 PM

The lyrics posted are obviously a variation of the old Christmas folk song "Jesus born in Bethlea". The song can be found in Ruth Crawford Seeger's AMERICAN FOLK SONG FOR CHRISTMAS. The book credits it as collected in Virginia. The song is also in Seeger's AMERICAN FOLK SONGS FOR CHILDREN. The latter source contains the note that "Children have improvised with ease many new stanzas out of their knowledge of the Christmas story. Only two unrhymed lines are needed.

JESUS BORNED IN BETHLEA

(A7) Jesus borned in (D) Bethlea, (A7) Jesus born in (D) Bethlea,
(A7) Jesus borned in (D) Bethlea, (A7) and in the manger (D) lay.
And in the (G) manger (D) lay, and in the (G) manger (D) lay,
(A7) Jesus borned in (D) Bethlea, and (A7) in the manger (D) lay

rich r


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: CowMan
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 12:40 PM

IF IT WOULD HELP I COULD POST THE WHOLE SONG


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 01:02 PM

Hi CowMan- The only time that posting a whole song DOESN'T help is when we already have it, either in a past thread or in the database. Post away!


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHRIST WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM
From: CowMan
Date: 24 Aug 97 - 01:17 PM

(G) Christ was born in Bethlehem
(D) Christ was (D7) born in (C) Bethlehem(G)
Christ was born in Bethlehem
And (D7) in a manger (G) laid
And in a manger (D) laid
And in a manger (D7) laid(C)
(G) Christ was born in Bethlehem
And (D7) in a manger (G) laid

The men they crucified Him
The men they crucified Him
The men they crucified Him
They nailed him to the cross
They nailed him to the cross
They nailed him to the cross
The men they crucified Him
They nailed him to the cross

Joseph begged His body
Joseph begged His body
Joseph begged His body
He laid Him in the tomb
He laid Him in the tomb
He laid Him in the tomb
Joseph begged His body
He laid Him in the tomb

The tomb it could not hold Him
The tomb it could not hold Him
The tomb it could not hold Him
He burst the bands of death
He burst the bands of death
He burst the bands of death
The tomb it could not hold Him
He burst the bands of death

Christ was born in Bethlehem
Christ was born in Bethlehem
Christ was born in Bethlehem
And in a manger lay
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I heard this song on the radio one time

I hope this helps


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: sharon
Date: 24 Aug 97 - 07:54 PM

and now I wish we knew the tune. I't sounds like one I'd like to know.


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 25 Aug 97 - 01:21 PM

This song was most recently recorded, I believe, by Tim & Mollie O'Brien. I believe that they called it "Christ was Born in Bethlehem." Check an emusic source under Tim OBrien.


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: GUEST,Wooberry
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 06:23 PM

I know the tune, but I am not sure how to post it


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Subject: RE: CHRISTMAS SONG
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 01 Feb 06 - 07:45 PM

Our family version we called, "Down Came an Angel," a line from one of the verses that we loved. From our singing,this variant was first published in 1940 by Lynn Rohbough, of the Cooperative Recreation Service in Delaware, OH (now acquired by, World Around Songs, has a different address). My first recording of it was I believe on the Tradition album, "Carols of All Seasons," in 1959. It has been in other books and recordings since then- anyway, here are our words. I'll give the form of the verse in the first one:

Christ was born in Bethlehem
Christ was born in Bethlehem
Christ was born in Bethlehem and in a manger lay.
And in a manger lay,
And in a manger lay,
Christ was born in Bethlehem and in a manger lay.

Judas he betrayed Him (2 lines)
Judas he betrayed Him- they nailed Him to the tree.

Joseph begged His body (2 lines)
Joseph begged His body, and laid it in the tomb.

Tomb it would not hold Him (2 lines)
Tomb it would not hold Him, He burst the bands of death.

Down came an angel, (2 lines)
Down came an angel and rolled the stone away.

Mary she came weeping (2 lines)
Mary she came weeping her blessed Lord to see.

What's the matter, Mary? (2 lines)
What's the matter, Mary? They stole my Lord away.

Run and tell your brethern (2 lines)
Run and tell your brethern, He's risen from the dead.

A few years ago, when I was playing in, "The Christmas Revels" in Cambridge, I wrote more Christmas verses to make it appropriate for the season, as the original version goes directly to the Easter story after the first verse. This later Christmas version in on my 1987 CD, "Kentucky Christmas Old and New," (Greenhays-can find it on my website,www.jeanritchie.com). Hope this helps.    Jean Ritchie

PS: We always understood that this is a waits carol, sung with a leader and the rest give the 2nd line back, etc. An answer-back sort of performance.   J.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 12:25 PM

Love this forum... And I have used the song for years in classes and performance... And worship. Yes, Down Came an Angel!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 12:48 PM

The title in Hymns and Carols of Christmas is "Jesus Born In Beth'ny," coll. John Jacob Niles, Appalachia.

(Niles wrote some of these songs himself)

www.hymnsandcarolsofChristmas.com/HTML/index_of_carols_ij.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 13 - 01:08 PM

Lyrics by both Niles and the Ritchie Family posted in thread 6545.

Christ was born in Bethlehem

Two threads should be combined.


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