Christmas Carol Countdown-Day 3

Day 3: Some Children See Him

Written by Alfred Burt and Wihla Hutson

I was not familiar with this song until a few weeks ago. I actually heard it for the first time on the Music Choice Sounds of the Season channel on cable TV, which seems to play more of a variety of music than the local radio stations. I was immediately taken by the haunting melody and the message of the song. It embraces the innocence of children, and how they picture Jesus in their mind’s eye. Much has been made over time over what “color” Jesus really was, but in the end, it doesn’t matter; all that matters is the message of love.

The history of the Alfred Burt carols is interesting. At the request of his father, Burt inherited the tradition of composing a Christmas Carol each year for the family Christmas cards. Some Children See Him was the carol for 1951. I’ve spent some time listening to many different versions, and I think I like Andy Williams’ the best. Something about the timbre and emotion of his voice sets it apart from the other versions. As a bonus, I’m also including a version recorded by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. He felt compelled to cover the song after he overheard his daughter practicing it for her choir.

 Some Children See Him

Some children see Him lily white,
The baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily white,
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
The Lord of heav’n to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
With dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
This Savior whom we kneel beside.
Some children see Him almond-eyed,
With skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they,
Sweet Mary’s Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they,
And, ah! They love Him, too!

The children in each different place
Will see the baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace,
And filled with holy light.
O lay aside each earthly thing
and with thy heart as offering,
come worship now the infant King.
‘Tis love that’s born tonight!

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