"If You Were Born Today (Song for Little Baby Jesus)" as written by and Al Sparhawk....
If you were born today
We'd kill ya by age eight
Never get the chance to say:

Joy to the world and

Peace on the earth
Forgive them for they know not what they do

Blessed are the meek and

Blessed are the humble
Blessed are the ninety and nine

Deny the flesh

Deny all that's evil
Tonight you'll deny me thrice

If you were born today

We'd kill ya by age eight
Never get the chance to say...


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"If You Were Born Today (Song for Little Baby Jesus)" as written by Al Sparhawk

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    General CommentI don't think you get the point.

    This song is from Low's "Christmas" EP and it's clearly referring to Jesus. It's speculating about what would happen if Jesus was born in our present day - NOT when he was really born (the time of Herod).

    I don't know why the age 8 was chosen.

    I think Low are speculating that this world has gotten harsher and meaner and Jesus wouldn't have survived in this day and age to fulfil His father's wishes.
    Of course, that kind of ignores God's sovereinty and control over the world..
    elwyn5150on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyone have any ideas as to what "If you were born today / We'd kill ya by age eight" means? Is it referring to Herod?
    firehailon December 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA challenging song that undermines our cheap and easy holiday cheer and points to something greater. "We'd kill you by age eight" might not work as theology (our wickedness can't subvert God's plans) but it works perfectly as a subversive artistic sentiment. The redemption of the world through Christ, which we celebrate at Christmastime, is only meaningful when we understand how dark and ugly our world really is. There are times when the peace and joy of Christmas seem like saying "peace, peace" when there is no peace. (This year, 2016, is a great example.)

    So the hope of Christ at Christmastime has to come after we admit how fearful, how weak, how ugly and selfish the world has become. It's a difficult song that doesn't offer any hope in and of itself. In the context of the song, all the lovely things that Jesus said - "joy to the world, peace on the earth" etc. - are nixed by our violence, killing him by age eight. But listen to the rest of the album :)
    zemccarton December 09, 2016   Link

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