Break it Down — Christmas Style

I was thinking this weekend, in light of all the semi-convicting/heavier issues that I’ve thrown up on the blog lately that I would take a second and do a little fun song analysis of a beloved Christmas song. I chose this song because it’s on my top 5 favorite Christmas song list and because some people find it questionable theologically. So, soak up my comments, respond with your own, and feel free to sing along!

(lyrics in bold; comments in italyics)

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see

Ok — I think we all get that the ‘night wind’ might not have had an actual conversation with a lamb. That’s a little weird, I’ll admit it. I think you have to hear this as a bigger-picture story. The night wind, who/which is all around [hmm…possibly a God reference?] … is informing the little lamb of some big news. Something that is already there … that is able to be seen — but that the little lamb might have overlooked at this point. I imagine this song with just a hint of sarcasm and teasing from whoever is doing the telling of new information. Like, “there’s something special out there …. do you see this?!”

A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

I’m not sure about the reference of the tail being as big as a kite — that seems a bit strange to me … and I’m not sure if the star was doing the polka or the two-step, but I think the star is showing off the excitement of the ‘night wind”s news to the lamb. “This is not just any star … pay attention.”

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear

Here’s where we start in on a little bit of the gossip (see?? Sometimes gossip is good!) The lamb relay’s the message to the first person he comes into contact with — a shepherd boy. The lamb heard that still, small voice in the wind and is now interpreting that for the boy. “Do you hear this? It’s something — I’m not exactly sure what it is … but it’s something different.”

A song, a song
High above the tree
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

Alright, so that still, small voice is now a mighty roar. Bleat it, little lamb. Motivate that shepherd boy to do something spectacular with this message.

Said the shepard boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know

I love the vision of this verse. A small, worthless, dirty, peasant boy is telling this all-powerful king of this powerful story of a savior. Do I think this really happened historically? Probably not. Do I think this is how the message of the Good News is spread? From the weak to the strong? Absolutely. The boy breaks down this king’s world — one of safely and warmth within the palace walls — and opens the king’s mind and heart up to a new world. One that might be full of challenge and opposition — but one of righteousness.

A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

The message of a child. A small child who is cold and homeless. He needs something that you have plenty of. Let’s share blessings.

Said the king to the people everywhere
Listen to what I say
Pray for peace people everywhere
Listen to what I say
The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light

The king — both burdened and blessed with the news of this mysterious child savior then announces to his entire kingdom to do what? To pray. Pray for peace. Unsure of where this child lies, lives and what he might grow to do … what can we do? We pray. Pray for peace — we pray because we now have the hope that this child will do great things. A promise that he will bring goodness and light to this world of darkness. Let’s pray for that peace.

Paint yourself a mental picture the next time you hear this song — what does it mean for you?

Advertisements

About stepanana

just a girl writing about life through this lens.....
This entry was posted in Song Analysis and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Join the conversation :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s