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The gift - Stephanie Davis : Christmas in June


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I am trying to find the name and artist for a song I have heard on the radio several times during the christmas season. It might be strange to be searching for such a song in the middle of june but I have always felt that the singer's voice was beutiful and I am trying to find some new music to add to my collection.

It tells the story of a young girl named maria who finds a hurt bird along the road and picks it up. She uses the last of her money to buy it a cage and nurses it back to health and then takes it to church on Christmas to offer it to God and when it gets free she loses hope because she cannot offer as good a gift as the other people. But God speaks to her and tells her that her love was the greatest gift.

I think that is pretty close to how it goes. Anyway, I would love to know the name of the song and the artist that I keep hearing perform it.


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The song you heard Cal was:

"The Gift" by Garth Brooks.

It is from his christmas album "Beyond The Season".

Here are the lyrics:

A poor orphan girl named maria

Was walking to market one day

She stopped for a rest by the roadside

Where a bird with a broken wing lay

A few moments passed till she saw it

For it?s 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

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 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 offerings was lifted to heaven

By the very first nightingale?s song

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Big Cal wrote:

These are the correct lyrics but the vocalist was a female. Anyone have any idea what female has also recorded this song?


The song was written by Stephanie Davis. This may be the version you heard.

It is on her album,

Stephanie Davis - River Of No Return

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