Kenny Ray Horton

Kenny Ray Horton

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Country - Rock | Chicago, Illinois, United States
Total Song Plays: 14   
Member Since: 2003
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Song Description

A christmas song with soaring chorus...the performance that Kenny Rogers puts on this peice with the production of Brent Maher and Jim McKell makes this a moving Christmas standard for years to come...

Story Behind the Song

Kenny Ray Horton was writting for Oh Boy Records at the time and began co-writing with John Jarvis on this song. Kenny Ray sent John the idea and after a few phone calls to and from LA, John sent back the demo and Kenny Ray walked it over to Brent Mahers office. Before Kenny Ray could get back to the office, Brent Maher had called Kenny Ray's publisher, Jainie West, and put the song on hold. The first song chosen for the Christmas record "The Gift".


A Soldier's King

Verse 1
No one seemed to notice
The man beside the road
He was just a ragged soldier
Out there in the cold
But he seemed to have a purpoe
Only known to him
As he walked along the streets that night
Through the town of Bethlehem

Verse 2
In his head he held the memories
Of all the wars he'd known
In his hand he clutched a medal
For the bravery he'd shown
And the weight of every battle
He carried in his heart
As his eyes were clear and searching
For a manger in the dark

Some are born to greatness
Some are born to fall
Some are bound to be forgotten
Like they never lived at all
But we're all born to know him
And stand before his light
Like the soldier
Who found his King tonight

Verse 3
He had marched for politicians
Served under their command
And he fought for all their causes
That he did not understand
But there was something deep inside him now
That led him on his way
With a single star to guid him
To where the baby lay


He stood before the son of God
Come to pay our debt
Who smiled up at the soldier
That the world would soon forget
So he held out his medal
And said "This for you I bring"
And there he swore allegiance
To the newborn baby King


Song Length
Unique - Holiday
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)

Similar Artist
Kenny Rogers
1990 - 1999

Lyric Credits Horton/Jarvis
Music Credits Horton/Jarvis
Producer Credits Brent Maher / Jim McKell
Publisher Credits Prinetta Publishing Admin by Bug - Jarvis Island/Jainie West Music (ASCAP)
Performance Credits Kenny Rogers
Label Credits Magnatone