Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
Total Song Plays: 7,557   
Member Since: 2006
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Joan Baez

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Song Description

Joseph and Mary feel insecure about their roles in being chosen for Jesus. Joseph is disturbed at himself for letting Mary have her baby in a stable, and Mary feels too young and lowly to have been chosen as the mother of God. In the end, after they reassure each other by saying because you're Joseph and because you're Mary, and expanding on the reasons why, the traditional Christmas story comes to life and they talk to the baby, ending with Because You're Jesus.

Story Behind the Song

I looked at all the Christmas songs I have heard and never found one that put real emotions into Mary and Joseph. Everything is always wonderful and glorious, and I reasoned that this couple had to have had insecurities, so I wrote this song from their perspective as real people.


Because You're Jesus
Carlene Thissen and Grace Ballinger, Copyright 2011

One silent night in Bethlehem
Joseph helped the babe be born
He sadly watched his wife, asleep
Laid down with cows and sheep

"How can I let them stay this way
Mother and babe, asleep in hay?
I'm not the man that I should be
Why would God choose me??

Mary woke and gently smiled - At her husband with her child

"Because you're Joseph - Because you'll love us
Because you understand that star that shines above us
We'll be a family - You'll teach him carpentry
You'll be everything to him a father should be,
Because you're Joseph."

As Mary held her baby boy
Fears overcame her joy
In spite of what the angels said
She was still afraid

"In my arms - is God's own Son,
But I am just a lowly one,"
I'm not the mother He will need
Why would God choose me?"

Joseph held her tenderly - And wiped her tears away

"Because you're Mary - The angel told me
You are everything the mother of God should be
He will learn from you - In all the things you do,
You are blessed among women, God is with you."
Because you're Mary."

Shepherds came from hills above
night of peace, night of love
Wise men came to see the Son
Knelt before the promised One


"Holy, baby
you'll make us all free
God is with us now and evermore will be
The angel told us, to name you Jesus
You are the Christ and one day this will be called Christmas."

Because you're Jesus
It's Christmas

Associated Videos

Video - Because You're Jesus

Song Length
Pop - Religious, Folk - Religious
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Duet Female
Still, Peaceful

Subject Matter
Religion, Peace

Similar Artists
Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum
Before 1600

Lyric Credits Carlene Thissen, Grace Ballinger
Music Credits Carlene Thissen, Grace Ballinger
Producer Credits Carlene Thissen
Performance Credits Grace Ballinger, Carlene Thissen, Mike Blasucci