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Thorns In The Straw (Since the day the angel came)

Since the day the angel came
It seemed that everything had changed
The only certain thing
Was the child that moved within
On the road that would not end
Winding down to Bethlehem
So far away from home

Just a blanket on the floor
Of a vacant cattle-stall
But there the child was born
She held him in her arms
And as she laid him down to sleep
She wondered - will it always be
So bitter and so sweet

And did she see there
In the straw by his head a thorn
And did she smell myrrh
In the air on that starry night
And did she hear angels sing
Not so far away
Till at last the sun rose blood-red
In the morning sky

Then the words of ancient seers
Tumbled down the centuries ...
A virgin shall conceive...
God with us... Prince of Peace
Man of Sorrows - strangest name
Oh Joseph there it comes again
So bitter yet so sweet

And as she watched him through the years
Her joy was mingled with her tears
And she'd feel it all again
The glory, and the shame
And when the miracles began
She wondered, who is this man
And where will this all end

'Til against a darkening sky
The son she loved was lifted high
And with his dying breath
She heard him say 'Father forgive'
And to the criminal beside
"Today-with me in Paradise"
So bitter yet so sweet

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1994 Make Way Music,

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Thorns In The Straw performed at Premier TV. Original recordings on Sacred Journey and Rumours of Angels

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  • Comment Link Pauline Wilson Sunday, 20 September 2015 21:00 posted by Pauline Wilson

    Has anyone written a simpler choir version for Thorns in the Straw? We are a new choir & think the 4 part harmony available might be too difficult for us. We have a solo tenor, but just need a simpler version for a choir to back soloist.
    Pauline Wilson

  • Comment Link Marcelle Ibrahim Monday, 08 December 2014 03:47 posted by Marcelle Ibrahim

    What a song with a profound message.

  • Comment Link Kheifer Rey Wednesday, 21 August 2013 20:21 posted by Kheifer Rey

    How can we get the backing track? Thanks. If possible, It would be great if I get a download link. Thank you again.

  • Comment Link Peter Bell Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:18 posted by Peter Bell

    I am trying to get hold of the flute arrangement for Thorns in the Straw Do you have this available?

  • Comment Link Admin Tuesday, 04 December 2012 22:46 posted by Admin

    Go to Albums > Rumours of Angels and there is a backing track link there.

  • Comment Link Admin Tuesday, 04 December 2012 22:44 posted by Admin

    Hi John, you can download an mp3 of the backing track here:. right or left click the song and select Save Link As.

  • Comment Link John White Monday, 03 December 2012 18:23 posted by John White

    Could you please let me know where I can get the backing track for "Thorns in the Straw"
    John White

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