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Susan Boyle's Heavenly Rendition of "Away in a Manger" Will Deeply Move You

The Britain's Got Talent Season 3 finalist performed the song a year after she went viral on the show. 

By Jackie Manno

In 2010, Susan Boyle put a unique spin on a classic Christmas carol.

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When the Britain's Got Talent Season 3 finalist appeared on a holiday special in New York City over a decade ago, she performed a breathtaking rendition of "Away in a Manger" that will send chills down your spine. 

During the performance, a youth choir sang the introduction lyrics before Boyle jumped in, crooning with some gentle vibrato. The song reached a lovely crescendo as Boyle sang with a steady tone, wrapping things up with a confident note. 

Listen to the wonderful performance here

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That wasn't the only time that Boyle has sung a universally beloved gospel tune. In 2019, she also appeared on BBC's Song of Praise to sing "Amazing Grace" at the Glasgow Cathedral.  Watch the performance here

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What to know about "Away in a Manger"

"Away in a Manger" is a classic Christmas carol with music composed by hymn writer William J. Kirkpatrick in the late 1800s. According to The Cincinnati Enquirerthe tune was penned in Philadelphia in 1895, and was originally titled "The Cradle Song."

Per The Cincinnati EnquirerAs of today, it is unknown who wrote the lyrics of the song, as they were previously incorrectly credited to theologian Martin Luther. However, C. Michael Hawn, professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, said that the lyrics first appeared in an 1885 Sunday school book titled Little Children's Book for Schools and Families. Lyrically, the songs tell the story about the birth of Jesus according to the Bible.  

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"Away in a Manger" lyrics

Away in a manger
No crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head

The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side
'Til morning is nigh

Be near me, Lord Jesus
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

Take us to heaven
To live with Thee there