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"O Bethlehem"

- Karl Berg
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Lyrics : "O Bethlehem"
I grew up in this town of Bethlehem
It’s the only place I’ve ever known, the only place I’ve been
Everyone knows each other, so it’s impossible to hide
I grew up in this town, and it’s probably where I’ll die
 
They tell stories of what happened here long ago
How a little shepherd boy killed a giant with a sling and a stone
He who was the least became ruler over all
Bethlehem, David’s city, you are called
 
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“O Bethlehem in the land of Judah
You are by no means the least
For out of you there will come a Ruler
Who will be a shepherd for my sheep.”
 
I’m just an innkeeper’s wife in this town
The work is long and hard, but I enjoy the people who come round
Everyone has a story of the places they have been
Through their eyes I can travel, through their stories I can dream.
 
Now I remember when the soldiers came that day
A decree was read, that a census would be taken right away
I knew it would be good for business, but what I couldn’t see
It would bring fulfillment, to an age old prophecy.
 
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One night there came a knocking at the door
But by then the inn was full, there was no room for more
I heard the man ask my husband for shelter of any kind
You see his wife was due to have her child, and it could be any time.
 
I said “husband what about the cave
I could lay a bed of straw, and help her in any way”
So he took them to the stable, I brought blankets to keep her warm
And then a while later, her little boy was born.
 
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