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"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Lyrics

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Said the night wind to the little lamb
do you see what I see? ( do you see what I see? )
Way up in the sky, little lamb
do you see what I see ( 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 shepherd boy
do you hear what I hear? ( do you hear what I hear? )
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear? ( 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 shepherd boy to the mighty king
do you know what I know? ( do you know what I know? )
In your palace warm, mighty king

do you know what I know? ( 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
(said the king to the people everywhere! )
listen to what I say ( listen to what I say! )
Pray for peace, people everywhere ( pray for peace, people everywhere! )
listen to what I say ( 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!

Do you hear what I hear? ( do you hear what I hear? )
Do you hear what I hear? ( do you hear what I hear? )
Do you hear what I hear? ( do you hear what I hear? )

Words and Music by Noel Regney
and Gloria Shayne, 1962
This song was submitted on November 20th, 2012 and last modified on May 1st, 2017.
Copyright with Lyrics © REGENT MUSIC CORPORATION, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc..
Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith.
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"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.

Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Shayne composed the music in October 1962. This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers. Usually it was Shayne who wrote the lyrics for their songs while Regney composed the music, as they did when they wrote a song based on the classic children's song "Rain Rain Go Away".

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics "Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'" and "Pray for peace, people everywhere" after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City. Shayne stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. "Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time."

Do You Hear What I Hear?" was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962. The song was originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale, a group which had also popularized "The Little Drummer Boy". It went on to sell more than a quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.

Bing Crosby made the song into a hit when he recorded his own version of it on October 21, 1963, with the record being released as a single on October 26. Crosby also performed the song on a Bob Hope Christmas television special on December 13 of that year. Over the years, Crosby's recording of the song has been widely played on the radio, and has been available on numerous compilation Christmas albums and compact discs put out by Capitol Records.

Regney said that his favourite version was performed by Robert Goulet. As The New York Times noted, when the singer came to the line "Pray for peace, people everywhere," he "almost shouted the words."

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