Sarah Motes Ashley

Sarah Motes Ashley

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Pop - General | Maryville, Tennessee, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,590   
Member Since: 2016
   Last Login: over 30 days ago
   Sounds Like: Pink, all kinds of different

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Song Description

"Coventry Carol" describes Herod's "slaughter of the innocents" in pursuit of the Messiah. I changed it a lot to describe both the anguish of mothers whose children might be murdered, and the drama of Joseph and Mary's flight to Egypt to protect the Christ child. I added a sort of "worship chorus" to focus the song on Christ. I heard a lot of exotic and tribal production elements and threw those in to make it more otherworldly and exciting.

Story Behind the Song

"Coventry Carol" made dramatic, worshipful, and exciting


(old English carol, adapted by Sarah Motes Ashley)

Lully, lullay,
thou tiny child
Bye bye, lully, lullay
Lully, lullay, thou tiny child,
Bye bye, lully, lullay

Angel to Joseph came to say
Guard the anointed one
King Herod's men are out this night
seeking the holy son

This, this is our king
he is our Lord
Jesus Christ
love born to us all
born on a holy night


That woe is me, poor child, for these
who cannot flee away
For thy parting nor say nor sing,
"Bye bye, lully, lullay."


Song Length
Unique - Holiday, Pop - Alternative
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Poignant, Enchanting

Subject Matter
God, Holidays

Similar Artists
Yuna, Ellie Goulding
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Sarah Motes Ashley (adapted from pd with new material)
Music Credits Sarah Motes Ashley (adapted from pd with new material)
Producer Credits Sarah Motes Ashley
Publisher Credits Smash Lee Music
Performance Credits Sydni Stinnett