This song was written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker. It has been recorded by many artists, but the version I grew up listening to was sing by Robert Goulet… included on the album, ‘Tis The Season. Another favorite version was sung by Glen Campbell.
This song was written in October 1962, by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday.
This song has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists. It was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962, originally recorded for Mercury Records by the Harry Simeone Chorale, a group which had also popularized “The Little Drummer Boy”; and it was released as part of the album “The Wonderful Songs Of Christmas With The Harry Simeone Chorale”. As a 45rpm single, it went on to sell more than a quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.
Bing Crosby made the song into a hit when he recorded his own version of it in 1963. Crosby also performed the song on a Bob Hope Christmas television special in December of that year.
The song was later recorded in diverse ways by hundreds of artists.
I first heard heard this song as a child, on a Christmas compilation album.
This song is actually a telling of the telling of the Christmas story.
Bible Reference… Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:17,20; John 1:1-14; 14:27; 16:33
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?
A star, a star, dancing in the night with a tail as big as a kite…
with a tail as big as a kite!”
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?
A song, a song, high above the trees with a voice as big as the sea…
with a voice as big as the sea!”
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king: “Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king; do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold! Let us bring Him silver and gold…
let us bring Him silver and gold!”
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!”