Sheepy Christmas Song


I came across Sufjan Stevens and his Songs of Christmas compilation recently, and I really love it. There’s something different and refreshing in his blend of baroque-indie-folk-acoustic pop and his choice of traditional Christmas hymns instead of popular holiday tunes (now who’s sick of the reindeer? I think sheep and the other animals deserves a mention, too!)

Here’s a song from volume 3 – it’s a cute folky song and it has sheep in it! Have a great Christmas, everyone!

– Amel & Sheep

The Friendly Beasts

Jesus our brother, strong and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood
Jesus our brother, strong and good

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown
“I carried His mother up hill and down
I carried His mother to Bethlehem town”
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown

“I,” said the cow, all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for His bed
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head”
“I,” said the cow, all white and red

“I,” said the sheep with curly horn
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm
He wore my coat on Christmas morn”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn

“I,” said the dove from the rafters high
“I cooed Him to sleep so that He would not cry
We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high

Thus every beast by some good spell
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel
The gift he gave Emmanuel

Download the mp3 here

photo courtesy of Campobello Island