This pretty Christmas carol is not found in crumbling hymn books or on the back of a bar napkin from a pub in Ireland dating to the 14th century. Nope, this lovely song is a much more modern tune that has a very interesting history.
Written in October of 1962 by Noel Regney and his spouse, Gloria Shayne Baker, this was both a response to a project request and a plea for peace. These two wrote together often enough, but it was usually Noel who wrote the music and Gloria wrote the lyrics except in this case. They were contacted by a record producer to come up with a new Christmas song, and they hesitated because they were opposed to the commercialization of Christmas. Instead, the Cuban missal crisis was his inspiration for the lyrics. The pair was not able to perform their song because it caused them great emotional despair.
The lyrics "Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'" and "Pray for peace, people everywhere" were written while watching mothers pushing their babies and toddlers along the streets in New York. The whole thought of the Cuban Missal Crisis broke their hearts and fed the fuel to create. This crisis was very real, and people lived with the threat of nuclear war at any moment. They wrote the song while desperate for peace, and it was released after Thanksgiving of 1962, which was after the resolution of the crisis.
The most well known rendition of this song is by Bing Crosby who performed it on the Bob Hope show. The most admired performance of this song by the authors was Robert Goulet’s version because it was as if he were shouting “pray for peace, people everywhere”.
On that note, here is Mr. Goulet’s version.
While the crisis ended and other things took place, this is still a very powerful song that has been part of the Christmas tradition for over 50 years.
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PS – last week, I included a copy of the song, but in editing, it was lost – so here it is again: