Rest Your Head

by John W. Snyder

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for Mom and Auntinette


Jesus, Jesus, rest your head.
You has got a manger bed.
All the evil folk on earth
Sleep in feathers at their birth.
Jesus, Jesus, rest your head.
You has got a manger bed.

Have you heard about our Jesus?
Have you heard about his fate?
How his mammy went to that stable
On that Christmas Eve so late?
Winds were blowing, cows were lowing,
Stars were glowing, glowing, glowing.

To that manger came the Wise Men.
Bringing from hin and yon,
For the mother and the father,
And the blessed little Son.
Milkmaids left their fields and flocks
And sat beside the ass and ox.


released December 25, 2018
melody collected and transcribed by John Jacob Niles

arranged & produced by John W. Snyder

baritone - Will Liverman

violin - Lisa Liu
violin - Rhea Fowler
viola - Ben Bartelt
cello - Jennifer Li
chamber strings - Sofia Session Orchestra
guitars, banjo, mandolin, electric bass - Paul Salerno
piano - John W. Snyder

mix - Laurence Schwarz
quartet engineer - Kevin Jarvis
vocal engineer - Ike Iloegbu at Moon Recording
master - Thomas Dimuzio


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John W. Snyder is a composer and pianist in Los Angeles.

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