About ten years ago, I was in Tennessee working on Clouds and Fire and doing a few shows nearby. To my delight, I discovered that Andrew Peterson‘s “Behold The Lamb of God” tour was stopping in Knoxville – where I happened to be spending a day off.
It was a great evening – so much great music by Andrew and the menagerie of artists that participate in his Christmas tour. Most significantly, I first heard Labor of Love – a beautiful song sung with delicate tenderness by one of my favorite singers, Jill Phillips.
I had already released a Christmas project (2003’s Bethlehem), so I wasn’t thinking at the time that I might record it. But in the back of my mind I knew that if I ever did make another holiday record, Labor of Love would be on it.
It was not a silent night / there was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry / in the alleyway that night
On the streets of David’s town
And the stable was not clean / and the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace / with the tears upon her face
Had no mother’s hand to hold
Here’s my version, from Peace On Earth: