If I Had Been in Bethlehem

by Adler & Hearne

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This song is on the Hudson Harding Sampler Volume 5 Happy Holidays!


If I Had Been in Bethlehem
W&M ~ Hal Greenwood & Lindy Hearne © 2006

If I had been in Bethlehem, among the shepherds, maybe,
I’d have knelt by Mary and asked to hold the baby.

If I were in the stable, with Joseph and Mary mild,
And ox and lamb and stable mice, I’d ask to hold the child.

Cradling the Christ-Child,
Nestled heart to heart,
I’d be like a child as well—
Free to make a new start.

If I had been in Bethlehem, Mary might have said,
“When you embrace a stranger, you cradle my son’s head.

“Each time you grant forgiveness, or pray that strife may cease
You open up your arms and heart to the infant Prince of Peace.”

CHORUS 2X / Instrumental

If I had been in Bethlehem…


released December 22, 2016
Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne - Vocals
Lindy Hearne - Guitar
Dirje A. Childs - Cello



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Adler & Hearne Winnsboro, Texas

From Texas’ upper east side near the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed “organic song farmers”) tour nationally, serving up fresh-picked songs with jazz undertones in a spirited genre they define simply as "Texas Folk." ... more

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