And it came to pass on a Christmas evening,
When all the doors were shuttered tight,
Outside standing, a lonely boy-child,
Cold and shivering in the night.
On the street every window
Save but one was gleaming bright;
And to this window walked the boy-child
Peeking in saw candlelight.
Through other windows he had looked at turkeys,
Ducks, and geese, and cherry pies;
But through this window saw a gray-haired lady
Table bare and tears in her eyes.
Into his coat reached the boy-child
Knowing well there was little there
He took from his pocket his own Christmas dinner
A bit of cheese and some bread to share.
His outstretched hands held the food and they trembled
As the door it opened wide
Said he "Would you share with me Christmas dinner?"
Said she gently, "Come inside."
The gray-haired lady brought forth to the table
Glasses two, last drops of wine.
Said she "Here's a toast to everyone's Christmas,
And especially yours and mine!"
And it came to pass on that Christmas evening
When all the doors were shuttered tight
That in that town the happiest Christmas
Was shared by candlelight.
Peter Yarrow – vocals, guitar
Noel "Paul" Stookey – vocals, guitar, banjo
Mary Travers – vocals
Russell Savakus – double bass
Paul Prestopino – guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro
Produced by Milton Okun
Musical Director: Milton Okun
Assisting Instrumentalists: Russell Savakus, Paul Prestopino
Associate Producer: Phil Ramone
Peter, Paul and Mommy, released on Warner Bros. in 1969, is the trio Peter, Paul and Mary's first children's album. It contains hits like "Puff the Magic Dragon", among others. The album reached No. 12 on Billboard's Top LPs chart. The single "Day is Done" reached number 7 on the Easy Listening chart and number 21 on the Pop Singles chart. At the Grammy Awards of 1970, Peter, Paul and Mommy won the Grammy for Best Recording for Children.
According to Paul Stookey, the album grew naturally from the fact that all the previous albums the trio had released contain at least one children's song. The album contains new songs as well as some songs they had previously recorded. Songs such as "It's Raining" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon)", found on earlier albums, were re-recorded for the album with a backing children choir. The single "Day is Done", written by Peter Yarrow, is also a different recording from the one on the album. "The Marvelous Toy" and "Going To The Zoo" are songs by Tom Paxton.
Peter, Paul and Mary were an American folk group formed in New York City in 1961, during the American folk music revival phenomenon. The trio was composed of tenor Peter Yarrow, baritone Paul Stookey and contralto Mary Travers. The group's repertoire included songs written by Yarrow and Stookey, early songs by Bob Dylan, as well as covers of other folk musicians. They were enormously successful in the early and mid 1960s, with their debut album topping the charts for weeks, and helped popularize the folk music revival.
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