LABOR OF LOVE

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:

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3 Responses to LABOR OF LOVE

  1. Austin Short says:

    Such a beautiful song.

  2. Tammi says:

    I love Andrew Peterson and I love your version of this most excellent song!!!!

  3. Jeannie Kearney says:

    I hit “repeat” whenever Labor of Love comes up. I play your christmas cd all year long and this song is so so beautiful. Thank you!

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