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"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a Christmas song written in 1962 by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. They were married at the time, and wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of different artists.

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 shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song
High above the trees
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?
In your palace, warm 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

Appearances in Christmas specials

Recordings

  • Harry Simone Chorale - 1962
  • Bing Crosby - 1963
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Perry Como
  • Pat Boone
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jim Nabors
  • Kate Smith
  • John Tesh
  • Bob Hope
  • Glen Campbell
  • Robert Goulet
  • Kenny G
  • Kelly Rowland
  • The Hampton String Quartet
  • Eddie Fisher
  • Jack Jones
  • Andy Williams
  • Vanessa Williams
  • The Carpenters
  • Anne Murray
  • Gladys Knight
  • Copeland, many others
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