When I was a kid in grade school, probably first or second grade, we often had to sing in school plays and Christmas pageants. One song we sang at Christmas in my school was called “Knock, Knock, Knock Went Joseph”. It went like this:
Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, at an inn in Bethlehem. “Can you shelter a family? It would be a big help to them.”
“No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem. “No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem.
Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, on the stable door so bright. “Can you shelter a family? For Jesus shall be born tonight.”
“Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem. “Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem.
Nice little song. However, I didn’t gather that the ” beasts of Bethlehem” meant the cows, donkeys, sheep, etc., in the stable at the inn.
I always heard “‘Come in, come in,’ said the Beast of Bethlehem.”
Not even joking. And my mind always conjured the large, hairy, but friendly creature above. After a few years of not hearing the song I heard it again someplace and realized my extreme mistake, but I still look fondly back at the image my weird little mind once conjured. 🙂