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Mormon Tabernacle Choir's, "Breing A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bow before Him, ye mothers and children,
Bow before him, ye shepherds and geese.
The Real Lyrics:
Bow before Him, ye mothers and children,
Bow before him, ye shepherds and kings.
The Story: This is on a real neat CD that I bought, called "Spirit Of The Season". This song was familiar to me, but not the exact English version. It is an originally French carol, and there are various English versions. When I heard these lines, it totally sounded like they said, "shepherds and geese". But that got me thinking, I don't remember any geese in the Christmas story. But I couldn't hear it any other way. Luckily this is a CD whose liner notes have lyrics in them, so I was able to find out the real words. Still the idea of geese honking in the manger is intriguing. In fact, the very next song on the CD is "I Saw Three Ships". And geese in the manger is so totally more feasible than its tale of Mary and Joseph whistling and singing on ships sailing into Bethlehem. - Submitted by: Karen Smith

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