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AwayinaManger

Greg singing "Away in a Manger" while Anthony and Murray play guitars and Jeff sleeps

Away in a Manger is a Christmas song from Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas, Santa's Rockin'!, and Go Santa Go!. it's music was written by William J. Kirpatrick for the original version and James R. Murray for some versions and it's lyrics was written by Martin Luther.

Song Credits

1996 Version

2004 Version

  • Music: Traditional (aka James R. Murray)
  • Lyrics: Traditional (aka Martin Luther)
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page, John Field, Dominic Lindsay
  • Musical Arrangement: The Wiggles, Dominic Lindsay
  • Producer: Anthony Field
  • Engineer and Mixer: Robin Gist
  • Recording Location: Electric Avenue Studios
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes
  • Copyright: Universal Music Group

2013 Version

2017 Version

  • Music: Traditional (aka James R. Murray)
  • Lyrics: Traditional (aka Martin Luther)
  • Arrangement: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Oliver Brian, Alex Keller
  • Producers: Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie
  • Engineer and Mixer: Alex Keller
  • Recording Location: Hot Potato Studios
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes
  • Copyright: Universal Music Group

Musicians

1996 Version

2004 Version

Karaoke Version

2013 Version

  • Vocals: Lachy Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Backing Vocals: Lachy Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Bass: Alex Keller
  • Keyboard: Lachy Gillespie
  • Drums: Emma Watkins
  • Percussion: Anthony Field, Simon Pryce

2017 Version

  • Vocals: Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins
  • Acoustic Guitar: Anthony Field
  • Bass Guitar: Alex Keller
  • Nylon Guitar: Oliver Brian
  • Keyboard: Lachlan Gillespie
  • Drum Programming: Oliver Brian

Song Lyrics

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed

The little lord Jesus lay down his sweet head

The stars in the night sky look down where he lay

The little lord Jesus asleep in the hay

The cattle a-lowing, the baby awakes

But little lord Jesus, no crying he makes

I love thee lord Jesus, look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle, 'till morning is nigh

Be near me Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay

Close by me forever and love me, I pray

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care

And take us to heaven to live with thee there

Doo doo doo doo doo doo, mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm

Trivia

  • The song is sung and played differently in each version, including an instrumental version Raffi did on his Christmas album.
  • The 2013 CD version than the DVD version is longer with extra verses.
  • The Wiggles wrote some of their own lyrics.
  • The Wiggles rewrote And stay by my cradle to And stay by my side.
  • In the 1997 video version, Murray plays the Hofner bass guitar, although it's not heard.

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