Sunday, December 25, 2005

A Cradle in Bethlehem

UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.

49erdweet did an online search and found a downloadable version of the song (or at least an excerpt from it) by Sylvia, available here. (The actual Web site is here.)

Thanks, 49er; much appreciated!

The version I have — the only version I knew of until now — was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1960.

A Cradle In Bethlehem

Sing sweet and low your lullaby
'til angels say, "Amen"
A mother tonight
Is rocking a cradle in Bethlehem.

While wise men follow through the dark
A star that beckons them
A mother tonight
Is rocking a cradle in Bethlehem.

"A little child shall lead them,"
The prophet said of old
In storm and tempest, heed him
Until the bell is tolled.

Sing sweet and low your lullaby
'til angels say, "Amen"
A mother tonight
Is rocking a cradle in Bethlehem.


At 9:54 PM, December 24, 2005, Blogger 49erDweet said...

Mr. "Velvet Tone", himself.

Son of a pastor, his two Christmas albums have been favorites during this time of year for decades.

And what is so remarkable is that he was a better pianist than vocalist - as strange as that seems - but most of his latter day fans were unaware of the extent of that portion of his talent.

Excellent choice, Q. Merry Christmas

At 1:14 AM, December 25, 2005, Blogger The Misanthrope said...

Merry Christmas

At 1:20 AM, December 25, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Merry Xmas Q

At 2:11 AM, December 25, 2005, Anonymous J said...

Hmm...I don't think I've ever heard the song. Or at least I don't remember it. The lyrics are nice, though.

Merry Christmas, Q. :-)

At 8:21 AM, December 25, 2005, Blogger Janet said...

Happy holidays to you and yours!:)

At 9:58 AM, December 25, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

Good heavens! I didn't expect to receive five comments between 9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and 10:00 a.m. Christmas Day!

• 49er:
I really enjoy Nat King Cole's Christmas disc. (There's a second one? That, I didn't know.) It sounds somewhat dated, particularly the backing vocals. But he performs so many of the real Christmas carols, and sings them exquisitely.

Merry Christmas to you and the missus!

• Misanthrope, Jack, J., Janet:
Merry Christmas to all of you! (Make that Merry Xmas, for Jack.)

It occurs to me that I am blessed to have many new friends since I started blogging eight months ago. I'm truly grateful for that. I must be, or I wouldn't be checking my blog before noon on Christmas day!

At 12:06 PM, December 25, 2005, Blogger 49erDweet said...

By googling the title I found a version of this by “Sylvia”, a CW vocalist from the 80’s, on her CD of the same name. To hear the first half online, go to: and scroll down the left column until you reach cut 4, “A Cradle in Bethlehem”, then click on it and enjoy.

Great sound, but still not the same as Nat’s.

Blessed Christmas joy to all

At 1:51 PM, December 25, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

Thanks, 49er. As you've probably seen, I updated the post so that people who've never heard the song have an opportunity to do so.


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