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Is Your Name Mary? (Christmas ballad)

(Eugene Ruffolo - vocal and guitar; Peter Bliss - lead guitar)
April 5, 2017
words and music by Annie Dinerman

As you probably know, some of the biggest Christmas hits were written by Jewish songwriters.  Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," and Johnny Marks wrote three (three!) classic Christmas hits.  I'd love to be in their company.  My music publisher makes an annual project of marketing Christmas songs.  So that's a good annual goal for a Jewish girl, right?  I sent her this song in April 2017. 

In the Gospels, after an angel tells the shepherds that the Messiah has been born, the shepherds decide to go into town to see what it's all about.  I realized they couldn't leave their sheep out at night to be eaten by wolves, so they would have taken their sheep with them, right into Bethlehem, right up to the manger. Wouldn't that have been a noisy conversation to have with the mother of a newborn infant!

IS YOUR NAME MARY?
IS THAT YOUR NAME?
WE WERE WATCHING OUR SHEEP
WHEN AN ANGEL CAME.
THE ANGEL TOLD US,
“DON’T BE AFRAID.”
THERE’S GOOD NEWS, MARY.
DON’T BE AFRAID.
 
IS YOUR NAME MARY?
THAT’S WHY WE TOOK
ALL OUR SHEEP INTO TOWN
JUST TO HAVE A LOOK.
WE THOUGHT WE’D VISIT
AND MEET YOUR BOY.
THERE’S GOOD NEWS, MARY.
HE’LL BRING US JOY.
 
OH, I’M SORRY.  SHEEP ARE NOISY.
YOUR BABY WON’T SLEEP ANYHOW.
THAT ONE STAR IS SHINING
SO BRIGHT RIGHT NOW.
 
SO YOU ARE MARY,
AND HE’S THE ONE.
LET ME SHOW YOU MY CHILD.
HERE’S MY ONLY SON.
HE’S SEEN AN ANGEL
AND MET YOUR BOY.
THERE’S GOOD NEWS, MARY,
YOUR CHILD EMANUEL,
THERE’S GOOD NEWS, MARY,
HE’LL BRING US JOY.

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