“Do You Hear What I Hear?” A Strange Christmas Carol When You Think About It

One of the great Christmas carols in recent memory.  It’s also possibly one of the funniest strangest carol’s as far as certain concepts are concerned once you break it down into pieces.  I shall explain what I mean in a bit.

Here are the lyrics:

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 shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepard boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the tree
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

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
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

The child, the child
Sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light

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Now let’s analyze this song for the strange concepts.

First of all, the title.  “Do You Hear What I hear?”  The person asking this question must be deaf, hard of hearing, or perhaps he just second guesses himself all the time and is looking for affirmation from a good friend that what he is hearing is actually happening.  The third option is that he may have gone insane, but is not sure.

Second:  “Said the Night Wind to the little lamb”  Last time I checked, wind can’t talk, unless God is in the wind, then it is possible.

Third:  “A star, a star, dancing in the night with a tail as big as a kite.”   the average kite tail wouldn’t be big enough to be seen in space from earth with standard human vision.

4th: “Said the little lamb to the Shepard boy”   As strange as it may sound Lambs can’t talk to humans in ways humans can articulate as complex language… Yet these two are having a great conversation.

5th: “A child, a child shivers in the cold.  Let us bring him silver and gold.”  I understand that this was mentioned because, the child shivering in the cold was Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords and thus worthy of silver and gold…but don’t you think they could have brought along a few blankets or a jacket to solve his coldness issue.  Silver and Gold can’t keep him warm in their natural state.

All in all, it’s a good song, but I bet you never thought of it in that way before.

Just another thought to ponder.

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