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Songs of Bethlehem January 29, 2010

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Songs of Bethlehem

there’s a little town next to Bethlehem
where the houses come down at the stroke of a pen
still the singers sing and the children dance
in the streets with joy
and when rockets glare where the angels sang
that the hope of the world was coming to reign
there’s a bell that rings with a hope that sings
shouting “build again!”

so sing me the songs of the poor and the weak
feed me their bread, wake me up from my sleep
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem
paint me a picture of courage reborn
shape stained-glass windows from the rubble of war
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem

although Hebron’s hills with its cliffs and crags
are all peppered with watchtowers and blue and white flags
there’s an angel there who puts her gray hair in harms way
while in Bethlehem many mothers weep
yet this Arabic pastor refuses to leave
he says “have no fear, there is treasure here
in these jars of clay.”

so sing me the songs of the poor and the weak
feed me their bread, wake me up from my sleep
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem
paint me a picture of courage reborn
shape stained-glass windows from the rubble of war
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem

no myth they tell can push our hope away
we long for words that pull us from our graves

so sing me the songs of the poor and the weak
feed me their bread, wake me up from my sleep
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem
hand me a trumpet, teach me to play
we’ll march ‘round this city till the wall falls away
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem

so sing me the songs of the poor and the weak
tell me their stories, let me laugh till I weep
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem
paint me a picture of courage reborn
shape stained-glass windows from the rubble of war
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem
teach me the words, sing me the songs of Bethlehem

words and music by dan snyder
northstar mcp 2010

Mr. Kattan and his son, Samer

Mr. Kattan and son, Samer; Bethlehem, Palestine

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