AWAY IN A MANGER (Modified to Reflect Current Events)

There’s nothing like a religious holiday to remind us of the ever-present reality of contemporary religion, particularly as it is applied in the political world – think hypocrisy. And what better way to address religious hypocrisy than in a Christmas Carol repurposed as a commentary on contemporary events. That’s what we have here!


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“Away in a Manger” is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain, it is one of the most popular carols; a 1996 Gallup Poll ranked it joint second. Although it was long claimed to be the work of German religious reformer Martin Luther, the carol is now thought to be wholly American in origin.
The two most-common musical settings are by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895) and James Ramsey Murray (1887). Researchers have not yet confirmed the original lyricist(s).

Lyrics to Away in a Manger
Lyrics by Don Caron – Music by James R. Murray (1897)
Away in a manger
no crib for his bed
and no crib is coming
The congress has said
No comfort for poor people
not any more
We’ll teach ’em a lesson
by slamming the door

The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay
His parents are lazy
His dad might be gay
Well they are a burden
and we’ve had enough
we’re cutting off access
to all that free stuff

That baby grew up
and he taught peace and love
There are many believers
in Congress . . . sort of
They claim to embrace
the example he taught
To witness their actions
We think they do not

Away in a manger
no crib for his bed
with Congress concerned
“Merry Christmas” was dead
they focused on that
and ignored all the rest
devising new ways
to oppress the oppressed

Away in a manger
is where he must stay
or else his teachings
might get in their way
There’s money to grub
and there ‘re wars to sustain
That they believe in
their faith they just feign

To them we now say
you are not what you claim
It’s apparent that profit
is your only aim
Whatever you say
and whatever you do
We don’t want to hear crap
about Christmas from you

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  1. Janet Parsons

    Exactly right for the season and the so-called “Christians” in the Congress! Those who hide behind their “faith” which allows them to molest teen-age girls and support pedophiles should hear this. And the fact that poor children will lose their free lunches and elders their weekly “meals on wheels” show that they are hypocrites of the worst order!