Born is the King

by Bethany and Joe

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Joe and Bethany provide you with some toe tapping Christmas music! For those of us who are tired of celebrating the season with opera and 70's rock and are ready for something new, we hope our EP will be a breath of fresh air. And for those who love opera and 70's rock...well, we're not sure what to say. Perhaps you will find a place in your heart for this EP, our gift to you. Merry Christmas!


released December 8, 2015

Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Cello, Dobro: Joe Xiques
Violin and Piano: Bethany Xiques
Choir: Joe and Bethany Xiques
Food provided by: Mom
Music critiqued by: Dad
Engineered, Mixed, Mastered, and Produced by: Joe and Bethany Xiques



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Bethany and Joe Miami, Florida

Bethany and Joe are two siblings who have a passion for creating unique acoustic music. Based from their home in sunny South Florida, the duo has been creating diverse content together for years, but only recently have they intensely devoted themselves to musical disciplines. Since the official inception of their band they have concocted some of the most eclectic bluegrass available! ... more

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Track Name: The First Noel
The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far
To seek for a king was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay

Then entered in those wise men three
Full rev'rently upon the knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense
Track Name: O Little Town of Bethlehem
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

How silently how silently
The wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive Him still
The dear Christ enters in

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel
Track Name: O Come All Ye Faithful
O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O sing all ye bright
Hosts of heav'n above
Glory to God all
Glory in the highest

Yea Lord we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory giv'n
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
Track Name: Angels From the Realms of Glory
Angels from the realms of glory
Wing your flight o'er all the earth
Ye who sang creation's story
Now proclaim Messiah's birth

Come and worship come and worship
Worship Christ the newborn King

Shepherds in the field abiding
Watching o'er your flocks by night
God with us is now residing
Yonder shines the infant light

Sages leave your contemplations
Brighter visions beam afar
Seek the great Desire of nations
Ye have seen His natal star

Saints before the altar bending
Watching long in hope and fear
Suddenly the Lord descending
In His temple shall appear

Sinners wrung with true repentance
Doomed for guilt to endless pains
Justice now revokes the sentence
Mercy calls you break your chains

Though an infant now we view Him
He shall fill His Father's throne
Gather all nations to Him
Every knee shall then bow down

All creation join in praising
God the Father Spirit Son
Evermore your voices raising
To the eternal Three in One
Track Name: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around
And glory shone around

Fear not said he for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind
To you and all mankind

To you in David's town this day
Is born of David's line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign
And this shall be the sign

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid
And in a manger laid

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God who thus
Addressed their joyful song
Addressed their joyful song

All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace
Good will hence forth
From heaven to men
Begin and never cease
Begin and never cease