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From the album Verities & Balderdash, Catís in the Cradle was a #1 hit for Harry Chapin in 1974.

Songwriter:
Harry & Sandy Chapin


Stats:
Genre: Classic Rock
Length: 3:51

Christ in the Stable
Parody of "Catís in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin
(Matthew 1:18-2:23, Luke 2:1-20)

Our child arrived just the other day
He came to the world as the Truth and the Way
But they were trained to catch and kill the babe
We learned to watch out and run away
But He was born before they knew it or had a clue
I said, my son will be like You, God
I know Heís gonna be like You

And the Christís in the stable
Cause they filled the rooms
Little boy, who are You? Man, if they knew!
When they gonna know that? I donít know when
But weíll get to Heaven then
You know weíll have a good time then

Our son went to temple the other day
I said, Thanks for the boy, God -- His mom just prayed
Then two people who showed up had a lot to say
And they were prophets, too, I said thatís so strange
And they walked away, but they smiled as they did, I said
My goodness, they liked Him, yeah
You know, they really seemed to like Him

And the Christ in the stable
Will fulfill them soon
Little boy, who are You? Man, if they knew!
When they gonna know that? I donít know when
But weíll get to Heaven then
You know weíll have a good time then

Well, they came a-calliní just the other day
Such nice wise men, I just had to say
Wondered how they knew and brought gifts for the child
Just look, they said, overhead, with a smile
Well, itís really quite rad but we followed the starís beams
To see the leader that its advent means

And the Christ in the stable
Will fulfill them soon
Little boy, who are You? Man, if they knew!
When they gonna know, Son? I donít know when
But weíll get to Heaven then, yeah
I know weíll have a good time then

My lungs seem so tired, my sonís come of age
I call Him ďsonĒ for His motherís sake
I said, Iíd like to see You fulfill those signs
Except my healthís too bad
Look like itís time to die
You see, I knew God could handle anything Youíll go through
But itís sure nice watchiní Him do that
Itís been sure nice adoptiní You too

And as I run up to go into eternity
Jehovah, yes, I see
My boy looks just like Thee

And the Christ in the stable
Will be killed real soon
Little boy, who are You? Man, if they knew!
When they gonna know the Son? I donít know when
But theyíll get to Heaven then, yeah
Theyíre gonna have a good time then

Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ďJoseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.Ē


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