O Little Town of Bethlehem
Elvis Presley Lyrics


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Oh, little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shine
The everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels
Keep their watch of wondering love

Oh, morning stars together
Proclaim thy holy birth
And praises sing to God the king
And peace to men on earth

Oh little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shine
The everlasting light




The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

Overall Meaning

Elvis Presley's song "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a Christmas carol that tells the story of the birth of Jesus in the town of Bethlehem. The opening line laments over the fact that the once bustling town of Bethlehem is now quiet and still. The next line suggests that the stars are the only witnesses to the birth of Jesus. The second verse refers to the light of hope and how the hopes and fears of people all around the world have been met in this one small town on this one special night.


The third stanza speaks of the angels keeping watch over the birth of Jesus, highlighting the idea that the birth is a miraculous event. The lyrics are also written as if the morning stars themselves are singing praises to God for his holy birth. The final verse brings the song to a close, repeating the opening verse almost verbatim, with slight variations. This closing highlights the song's main message, that even in the quiet and still streets of Bethlehem, something miraculous has happened, and the hopes of all the people throughout history have been met in this one small town on this one special night.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, little town of Bethlehem
Addressing and referring to Bethlehem as a small and humble town


How still we see thee lie
Noticing how peaceful and quiet the town appears


Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
Commenting on the calm and undisturbed state of the town's atmosphere


The silent stars go by
Observing the starry night sky above the tranquil town


Yet in thy dark streets shine
Despite the darkness of the streets, there is still bright and radiant light


The everlasting light
Referring to the eternal, unending light of God


The hopes and fears of all the years
Acknowledging the emotions and expectations felt by people throughout history


Are met in thee tonight
Recognizing that in Bethlehem, those emotions and expectations are fulfilled


For Christ is born of Mary
Stating that Jesus, the son of God, was born to Mary in Bethlehem


And gathered all above
Referring to the angels who came to witness Christ's birth


While mortals sleep the angels
Noting that humans were sleeping while this miraculous event took place


Keep their watch of wondering love
Describing the angels' awe and love as they watched the birth of Jesus


Oh, morning stars together
Addressing the stars in the sky, as if they are joining in on the singing and celebration


Proclaim thy holy birth
Announcing the news of Jesus' birth as a sacred and momentous occasion


And praises sing to God the king
Giving glory and honor to God, the creator and ruler of the universe


And peace to men on earth
Praying for peace and goodwill towards all people on earth




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, O/B/O DistroKid, Capitol CMG Publishing, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Lewis H Redner, Phillip Brooks

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@stephencoomer5692

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wondering love
Oh morning stars together, proclaim thy holy birth.
And praises sing to God the king, and peace to men on earth.

Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.



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