It Came Upon a Night Obscure – Parody of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

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AWAY IN A MANGER
And no, this was not debunked, it actually happened – There’s a difference between debunked and denied, you know.

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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).

I know, I know it never happened. It was fake news. Except I received a forward of an official statement from the National Academy of Sciences that says it did happen!

What would you expect when an administration gets caught with their pants down trying to censor the language? They’re going to deny it, of course. And anyone who wants to keep their job is going to go along with the denial.

LYRICS
by Don Caron / Music: Old English Melody

It came upon a night obscure
a list of forbidden words
and strange enough it did not include
crap, shit or even turd
No these words were of a different sort
restricting the CDC
Can’t tell you what the list contained
the words are forbidden you see

We’re VULNERABLE, there is no doubt
We’re vulnerable due to this act
ENTITLEMENT is what we have
Entitled to get our words back
Our claim this happened
is EVIDENCE-BASED
Of that there can be no doubt
a SCIENCE-BASED finding not made in haste
would possibly give us more clout

TRANSGENDER people understand
the need to accept DIVERSITY
and fewer words makes us less diverse
resulting in adversity
We hate when people boss us around
telling us what we can say
From FETUS through the adult stage
it’s not a game we want to play

It came upon a night obscure
a list of forbidden words
and strange enough it did not include
crap, shit or even turd

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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (1849) – sometimes rendered as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” – is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears’ lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: “Carol,” composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or “Noel,” adapted from an English melody.

Sears served the Unitarian congregation in Wayland, Massachusetts before moving on to a larger congregation in Lancaster. After seven years of hard work, he suffered a breakdown and returned to Wayland. He wrote It Came Upon the Midnight Clear while serving as a part-time preacher in Wayland. Writing during a period of personal melancholy, and with news of revolution in Europe and the United States’ war with Mexico fresh in his mind, Sears portrayed the world as dark, full of “sin and strife,” and not hearing the Christmas message.

Sears is said to have written these words at the request of his friend, William Parsons Lunt, pastor of United First Parish Church, Quincy, Massachusetts for Pastor Lunt’s Sunday School. One account says the carol was first performed by parishioners gathered in Sears’ home on Christmas Eve, but it is unknown to what tune as Willis’ familiar melody was not written until the following year.

According to Ken Sawyer, Sears’ song is remarkable for its focus not on Bethlehem, but on his own time, and on the contemporary issue of war and peace. Written in 1849, it has long been assumed to be Sears’ response to the just ended Mexican–American War.

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