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Little Donkey

The now rarely played Christmas carol, Little Donkey; was written by the late British songwriter Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009) back in 1959. It describes the journey made by a heavily pregnant Mary and her husband Joseph, to Bethlehem, the former seated on a donkey; recorded here by the Danish–Dutch popular folk singing duo of the late 1950s and early 1960s, “Nina & Frederik”, [Frederik van Pallandt and his then wife at the time, Nina van Pallandt (nee Moller)].
Their recording of ‘Little Donkey’ reached No. 3 in the Christmas charts in 1960.

Little Donkey.

Little donkey, little donkey,
On the dusty road,
Gotta keep on plodding onward,
With your precious load.
Been a long time little donkey,
Through the winters night.
Don’t give up now little donkey,
Bethlehem’s in sight.
Ring out those bells tonight,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
Follow that star tonight,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
Little donkey, little donkey,
Had a heavy day.
Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way.
Do not falter little donkey, there’s a star ahead.
It will guide you little donkey to a cattle shed.
Ring out those bells tonight,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
Follow that star tonight,
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.
Little donkey, little donkey,
Had a heavy day.
Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way.

Safely on her way.
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