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A Baby Just Like You Christmas Song

A Baby Just Like You

Year: 1975

Written By: John Denver, Joe Henry

John Denver may have written the sweet Christmas tune 'A Baby Just Like You' at Frank Sinatra's request but there is no doubt he used the song to great effect himself. 'A Baby Just Like You' contains personal lyrics that marked the arrival of Denver's new son Zachery. It went on to appear on several of the bard's albums including 1975's 'Rocky Mountain Christmas' and 1979's 'A Christmas Together'. The latter version had one minor change, from the earlier recording, with Denver memorably teaming up with the cast of the Muppets on the final chorus. 'A Baby Just Like You' is a gentle affair with plucked acoustics and themes espousing traditional values. It won't get your party started but it might tidy up the mess afterwards.

Frank Sinatra's take on 'A Baby Just Like You' may have had different different lyrics to Denver's version but it adopted a similarly hushed demeanour. You'll rarely hear Sinatra in such introspective mood and it makes a nice counterpoint to his usual richly bombastic approach. The song was released by the Reprise record label in 1975 as a 7-inch single and was back up by the oddly spelt 'Christmas Mem'ries' on the b-side.



A Baby Just Like You Lyrics

The season is upon us now
A time for gifts and giving
And as the year draws to its close
I think about my living

The Christmas time when I was young,
The magic and the wonder,
But colors dull and candles dim,
And dark my standing under

O little Zachary, shining light
You've set my soul to dreaming
You've given back my joy in life
A Savior King was born that day,
A baby just like you,
And as the Magi came with gifts,
I come with my gift too

That peace on Earth fills up your time,
That brotherhood surrounds you.
That you may know the warmth of love,
And wrap it all around you

It's just a wish, a dream I'm told
From days when I was young
Merry Christmas, little Zachary
Merry Christmas, everyone
Merry Christmas, little Zachary
Merry Christmas, everyone