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The Story Behind the Song

I’m going to keep this short because I know we’re all busy this last week before Christmas. I thought I’d share the story behind one of my favorite Christmas songs, “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

This song and music were written by Gloria Shayne and Noel Regney, the husband and wife team of such songs as “ Goodbye Cruel World,” sung by James Darren. Noel was a Frenchman forced to be a Nazi soldier when the Germans invaded France. He soon deserted the Nazis and joined the French Resistance.

I always thought this song had to do with Jesus, but it was actually written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960’s.  It’s a good song for peace today as well.

I love how some of our favorite songs have such a unique background.

Here’s a wonderful rendition of the song the awesome Celtic Woman. I hope you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas.

Kathryn J. Bain


  1. Doris Denise McManus McLellan says:

    God bless you and yours! More on KT??? Please !

    1. God bless you also, Doris. And yes, there will be more KT next year.

  2. Wonderful web site. Plenty of useful information here.

    I’m sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you for your sweat!

    1. Thanks for your comment.

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