From Rodney Nelson

 

It was on a prairie Christmas eve One night so long ago.
Some Cowboys got together as they had nowhere to go.

Their lives had all been simple so their eager ears were keen
when some hands spoke of other lands and places they had seen.

There was one among them with much silver in his hair.
The others knew, this wanderer had been most everywhere.

They had heard his many stories of the places he had been
but was there ever anything He wished that he had seen.

Yes, he nodded thoughtfully as he stared into the night
I'd forsake my every memory to have seen one precious sight.

I've seen some awesome happenings and some you won't believe

But I'd love to have been inBethlehem On that first Christmas Eve.

Can't you see the humble stable Can't you feel the desert air
Can't you see the look of wonder on the shepherds who were there.

Can't you see that bright star shining Can't you hear the angels sing.
How I'd love to have been in Bethlehem on the Birthday of the King.

I've seen the greatest armies and some battles that they fought.
I've travelled through the forests and the lands those men have sought.

I have so many memories of my travels on this earth
but I'd trade them in a heartbeat to have seen the Christ Child's birth.

I've climbed the tallest mountains have sailed the seven seas\
I've walked in gilded palaces of the rich nobility.

I saw the roughest oceans when I sailed around the horn.
but I'd love to have been in Bethlehem When Jesus Christ was born.

I can see the humble stable I can feel the desert air.
I can see the look of wonder on the shepherds who were there.

I can see that bright star shining I can hear the angels sing.
How I'd love to have been in Bethlehem On the birthday of the King!