Posted by: Mark Nielsen | December 2, 2019

He Was Born In the Cold (orig. Christmas song by Mark Nielsen)

Photo of Woodstock, IL by Laura Nielsen Mills

“He Was Born in the Cold”

V 1.

The lake is frozen over,

Days are getting shorter,

And the solar cell that powers my heart, 

it needs a charge.

I’m listening to sad songs

And I know it won’t be long

Till the Mack truck that tramples

the Amazon forest looms large.

[Chorus]

There’s crying in the laughter,

The hunger cry of a baby,

And it doesn’t matter when He was born,

It just matters He was born.

V 2.

Some say it was April, though–

In Bethlehem, no sign of snow,

And the stars all tread the red

carpet for His premiere.

The Milky Way, it was a choir,

Angels sang our spirits higher,

And cattle stopped lowing,

‘Cause finally there’s nothing to fear.

[2nd Chorus]

There’s crying in the laughter,

The first cry of a baby,

And it doesn’t matter when He was born,

It just matters He was born.

[Bridge]

The snowflakes on burning sand

A universe at His command

The coming of the promised one

No soldiers, just the only son

The bringer of deliverance

From enemies with no blood shed

Except His own, by His own choice

So all Creation could rejoice.

[1st Chorus]

There’s crying in the laughter,

The hunger cry of a baby,

And it doesn’t matter when He was born,

It just matters He was born.

V 3.

The lake still has thin ice,

And hot cider tastes so nice,

So let’s walk just once around, 

Then put away our skates.

My time with you, it is a gift.

We’ll walk home through snowdrifts,

And the setting of the sun reminds us 

[The hour is late. ?]

[or… “Each season must end.” ?]

[alt Chorus]

Because there’s crying in the laughter,

The cry of grief, or childbirth,

And every important beginning contains its end.

There’s crying in the laughter,

The first laugh of a baby,

And it doesn’t matter how He was born,

It just matters He was born.

[Repeat first chorus, or bridge, or both]

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…”He Was Born in the Cold”

an original carol by Mark Nielsen /song-of-the-day [12-2-19], inspired by Sarah McLachlan’s “Wintersong” [ https://open.spotify.com/track/4p8qhuurSA5UOuMAFiyRSj?si=GExt73rgQ-OUkHphPAGKlg ], the Liturgists Facebook group of gospel deconstructionists, and a creeping personal case of S.A.D.


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