ROUND JOHN BURGIN
(A line stolen from the character played by Jane Horrocks in "The Flint Street Nativity")
Now you’ve heard the story of the Christmas birth,
How God gave a son to the people of Earth;
Yes, you’ve heard the story of the Christ child’s birth;
Well now I add my tuppence to the tale, for what it’s worth.
You know that Mary came to Bethlehem;
They’d come for the census but again and again
The doors were closed and the inns were full so then
They sheltered in a stable; that’s all there was for them.
We know of Angel Gabriel and that awesome sight
We know of the shepherds and the star so bright;
But rubbed out from the story which I shall now put right
Was a fat man called John Burgin who was with them on that night.
Cos on that Silent Night which was so wintery and wild
Mary bore the baby Jesus meek and mild
Now the third one wasn’t Joseph cos the story was restyled
It was Round John Burgin with the Mother and Child.
Yeah, Round John Burgin, Mother and Child
The holy infant was so tender and mild;
His parents proud and loving; on the child they smiled;
The three of them gathered; Round John Burgin, Mother and Child.