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Away in a Manger

from Salutation by Albion Choir

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Awwww! Aaaaaahhh! Oooooo! The noises people tend to make when, at Christmastime, this timeless song comes on the radio, or it's sung at a concert. I grew up having this carol sung to me, and then singing it myself when I was old enough and allowed to, and then when I was really grown up I decided to write some new harmonies and a descant for it and put it on a record, just because I COULD. And here it is!

I don't want or need to say very much more about it, except that it sums up the point of SALUTATION better than any of the other songs. It's a tune that everyone knows and loves and can sing along to and take to their heart, but it appears in a new language with a flavour that you can't quite describe but that feels fresh and beautiful and natural. Have a listen and see do you think we've achieved that. If you do, I'm very happy to take all the credit for a quite brilliant arrangement.


Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with thee there.


from Salutation, released November 22, 2012




Albion Choir

The music of "these islands" - folksongs, madrigals, chant, and anthems from the British Isles (and beyond) - reimagined through new arrangements and compositions in the unique choral sound of Albion.

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