The Gift Lyrics - Garth Brooks
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A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for to rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped it was travelling
In the warmth of Maria's small hand
She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time
Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring
She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
Maria, what brings you to me
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door and let me see
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new
Just then the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
Whose beauty was fit for a king
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offering was lifted to heaven
By the very first nightingale's song
Writer: DAVIS, STEPHANIE
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing
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Stephanie Davis, Poem, "The Gift"...Check her website...She wrote the words to the song.. | Reviewer: t rob | 10/29/11
A poor orphan girl named Maria was walking to market one day
She stopped for to rest by the roadside where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed ‘till she saw it, for its feathers were covered with sand
But soon, clean and wrapped, it was traveling in the warmth of Maria’s small hand
She happily spent her last peso on a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market and watched it grow stronger with time
Now the Christmas Eve service was coming, and the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolk brought presents to lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes in packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage, Maria had nothing to bring
She waited till just before midnight so no one would see her go in
And crying, she knelt by the manger, for her gift was unworthy of Him
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness: “Maria, what brings you to me?”
“If the bird in the cage is your offering, open the door—let me see!”
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her, and out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters on a wing that had healed good as new
Just then the midnight bells rang out and the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture, whose beauty was fit for a king
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen to that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offering was lifted to heaven by the very first nightingale song
Thank-You | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/10
It is truly beautiful,and listening tothe lyrics,warms my heart ,,I can see a kind well raised
little Mexican child picking up the baby bird ,how she loved it ,but was willing to give it away to someone more important ,The song really shows the spirit of Christmas
Geez, Glen. Lighten up. | Reviewer: Glenn | 11/30/10
Thanks, Glen, for coming by to be a holiday buzzkill.
It's true, though, as others have pointed out, that the song never mentions Mexico. It talks of pesos (which, as also noted elsewhere here, originated in Spain). And while we're over-analyzing the song, it's worth noting that the lyrics do mention corn -- a crop native to the Americas. But by the late 15th century, explorers and traders had brought "maize" back to Europe.
Still, "the very first nightingale" was no doubt resident in Europe long before corn OR the peso. So, artistic license has been taken.
Big deal. While we're at it, does anybody here know the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
"Sentimental," Glen? Of course it is; it's a song that poignantly celebrates the birth of Christ.
"Drivel" is what happens when someone takes time to actually write four sentences deriding the song in an effort to spoil it for others.
Merry Christmas. ;-)
The most beautiful song I've ever heard | Reviewer: David | 7/17/10
Like Angie said, I can't help crying everytime I hear this song. The message, the melody and Garth's soft voice pooled together, make it a very emotionally touchinig to me, and my family. I'd say it's one of Garth's best songs ever.
The Gift | Reviewer: Salena Alfaro | 5/3/10
This is a beautiful song No where does it say its in Mexico! The Spanish kept nightingales in cages as pets , so it would be possible it had been brought to Mexico! It really dosent matter the location it is the message of giving and setting love free and Gods love!
beautiful and touching | Reviewer: Linda | 12/9/09
I loved the song the first time I heard it. The message is needed in this day of commercialism. We need more songs like this to remind people the true meaning of giving. I just wish I could find the song in the stores.
A great song | Reviewer: Lynn | 12/22/08
I have heard this song sang by Garth Brooks and Aselin Debison and both do it justice. Does it matter where in the world it refers to - its the message that is important. Glen needs to have some compassion and not take everything so literal.
song is accurate | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/11/08
The peso was in use in Spain during the 1500s and 1600s, as well as throughout the Spanish empire. As nearly as I can tell, the nightingale's range includes Spain. The little bird ranges throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It seems to me that a poor young girl named Maria could have spend a peso to heal a nightingale without requiring artistic license. Either way, I cried when I heard Joni Harms's version
love this song | Reviewer: someone | 12/1/08
i love this song so much. and poeple who think just because garth brooks is singing about a nightingale in mexico makes the song bad needs to listen to the message of the song. its obviously telling you that if you love something enough then that thing or person will suprise you
Sentimental drive is ridiculous. | Reviewer: mike | 11/2/08
With God all things are possible. This is a beautiful song and whoever wrote it must have had faith. If god want's there to be nightingales in Mexico then so be it, good grief does some synic always have to take the love, beauty, and joy out of everything.
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