Shepherd Song

from In The Town Of David by Ordinary Time

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Shepherd Song
Luke 2:15

We pressed our faces to the grass
Eyes to earth, but found no shade.
Such blinding light was not the sun
Seized with fear but not to run
A fear that made our fears afraid.

“Do not, do not be afraid
Today is born the Lord your Savior
Don’t look in a prince’s nursery
But in the barn where cattle feed
Peace on whom HE favors.”

We left our flocks to tend themselves
And ran all night how far, how fast!
He called us past hotels and bars
Shepherds, wise men, even stars
Back to…himself… again… at last.

Is this the long expected one,
The one in whom we must believe?
Can this be Israel’s future King,
The one that made the angels sing?
Will he ever be received?


from In The Town Of David, released December 1, 2006
Words and Music by Ben Keyes


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They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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