December 15, 2011

I Need a Silent Night -- Amy Grant.

It's usually right around now that everyone starts feeling the holiday pinch, if they haven't already.  People are baking for parties, trying to pull together teacher gifts, finish up last-minute shopping, wrapping, cleaning, attending programs at school and church, and generally going crazy as they wonder if they'll ever be able to finish it all.  Chances are they won't.  And that's okay, because as exciting as all that is, it was never really the point.

Amy Grant is not necessarily my favorite artist, though I do like a lot of her stuff, but I love the sentiment expressed in this particular song. 



The lyrics, as penned by Grant and Chris Eaton:

I've made the same mistake before
Too many malls, too many stores
December traffic, Christmas rush
It breaks me till I push and shove

Children are crying while mothers are trying

To photograph Santa and sleigh
The shopping and buying and standing forever in line
What can I say?

I need a silent night, a holy night

To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

December comes then disappears

Faster and faster every year
Did my own mother keep this pace
Or was the world a different place?

Where people stayed home wishing for snow

Watching three channels on their TV
Look at us now rushing around
Trying to buy Christmas peace

I need a silent night, a holy night

To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night

What was it like back there in Bethlehem

With peace on earth, good will toward men?

Every shepherd's out in the field

Keeping watch over their clock by night
And the glory of the Lord shone around them
And they were so afraid

And the angels said fear not for behold

I bring you good news of a great joy that shall be for all people
For unto you is born this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace

I need a silent night, a holy night

To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night
To end this crazy day with a silent night

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