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The Most Beautiful Story That’s Ever Been Told

About the Song

When I was little, my grandmother often sang to me. I loved listening to her–things like pitch and tone quality aren’t nearly as important when you’re little–but grandma wasn’t a singer. Though the tunes were never quite the same twice in a row, I loved those quaint old songs from bygone days:

“There’s a bluebird on my windowsill…”

and

“When the sun in the morning peeks over the hill…”

and my favorite,

“Way down in the depths of the forest…”

–an evocative phrase indeed for a small child!

 

How well I remember the songs she sang. The sermons we mommies and daddies and grandmas and grandpas sing to our little ones will stay with them far longer than our lectures, whether or not our warblings bear any resemblance to real music.

“The Most Beautiful Story That’s Ever Been Told” is my attempt to tell the Christmas story in a simple lullaby for children, because as wonderful as the bluebirds and the sunshine and the depths of the forest may be, our children need to hear and remember and love the most beautiful story of all.

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Lyrics

If you’ll listen my darling, tonight ‘ere you rest
I’ll tell you the story your daddy* loves best
How a marvelous thing that all children should know
Happened in Bethlehem, long, long ago

There were stars in the heavens,
All shining and bright
And a new star was rising o’er Judah that night
For within a poor stable a baby was born
And that beautiful baby was Jesus our Lord

Chorus:

It’s a story of wonder and glory and awe
Filled with heavenly love and the goodness of God
Learn it well, take it with you wherever you go
The most beautiful story that’s ever been told

Though the folk in the village were all fast asleep
There were shepherds out watching
that night with their sheep
When a legion of angels came down from on high
Singing and bringing great tidings of joy

(Repeat chorus)

In a manger he lay as the angels had said
While Mary and Joseph kept watch by his bed
For the babe was our Savior, the Father’s own Son
Sent to love little children and bless every one

It’s a beautiful story, the sweetest I’ve heard
Full of comfort and hope, and it’s true–every word
So remember it always, and then when you’re grown
Tell this sweet story to babes of your own

(Repeat chorus)

*…or, mommy, grandma, etc.

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21 Comments

  1. KP

    Check out: Spirit in Motion The most beautiful Story on YouTube. It was such a superb concert and the song is so great performed and received by the audience. True Christmas Spirit song. Thx for giving it to us Sally

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  2. maria

    me also i am singing it at christmas in my church. it’s good to know that i am not the only one who found this song from the shaytards.

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  3. Ron

    Please provide an SATB arrangement of this beautiful composition. 🙂

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  4. Tacy

    Omg so happy because of this song. I checked it out because of the shaytards. WHen I looked at the comments I saw Collette and Shay comment. I love you guys I now go to church because of you. Every day I watch you I watch all your channels and always click the number years ago. Thank you for every thing!

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  5. Nicole

    Hi shay! I’m a big fan. You inspired me to always choose happiness. Thank you.

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  6. Shay

    Just say hamburger when you feel emotional! My beautiful wife sang it go check it out on our video “shaytards” is our YouTube name
    The video is called “the most beautiful story that’s ever been told” hamburger!

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    • shaytards fan

      Hi shay!

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      • Lucy English

        SHAAY!! I love you and your family<3 And Jesus , I won't forget you bro!

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    • Krista

      Shay and Colette thanks for being open about your love for the Saviour, it brings my little brother and sister great happiness and encouragement and God will bless you for proclaiming Jesus’ name. We love your videos and your family, thank you and God Bless.

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    • Mle

      So here I am getting all excited that I found the music to one of my favourite Christmas songs. After 15 min of excitement, I glance at the comments only to see a post by my greatest role model! Dear shay and Colette. Thank you for how awesome you are! You’re an inspiration to me as a mother with a growing family 🙂

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  7. lex

    I love shaytards!!! when i saw your comment i was so happy and your voice is amazing

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  8. Emma Staple

    Thank you for this, and also Colette for bringing me here I sing this on my YouTube channel and found great encouragement from it so thank you so much x

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  9. Imogen and Lucy

    i can’t believe Colette posted on this love you SHAYTARDS <3 !!! Its a beautiful story and song <3

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  10. Colette

    Love this! I sang it in church and was the last song of the Christmas Program and it was a solo! Had to use the HAMBURGER strategy! (Watch our family vlogs on Youtube! search SHAYTARDS ) 🙂

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    • Imogen and Lucy

      Love you xxxx!!!! <3 From lucy and Imogen

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      • Lucy English

        SHAAY!! I love you and your family<3 And Jesus , I won't forget you bro!

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    • Sally DeFord

      Okay, this is an adorable family, an adorable video and a great dane to boot… what more could you ask? Loved listening to you. 🙂

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      • Anna

        Con the song be translanted in italian?

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    • Kristen D

      This song is easily my new favorite Christmas song! Thanks Colette and Shay for showing me this beautiful song with such a beautiful message. #SHAYTARDSUNITE

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    • Anon

      me also i am singing it at christmas in my church. it’s good to know that i am not the only one who found this song from the shaytards.

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  11. Chuck

    Indeed!! THe most beautiful story ever told!! thank you for inspiring so many people!!

    Reply

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