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How to Play Away In A Manger

Updated on August 23, 2017

My First Very Easy Christmas Carol Book

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How to Play Away In A Manger - A First Carol?

Here is Away In A Manger free music to help you play Away in a Manger. Do you love to hear children singing Away in a Manger in the Nativity Play? I know I do! Away In A Manger is a beautiful Christmas Carol for children to sing. How many of us learned to sing Away In A Manger for our very first school Nativity Play? How many schools these days even HAVE a Nativity Play? Not enough, is my guess - we are certainly happy to take the excuse for giving gifts and feasting, but many are less happy being reminded of the true Christmas message.

Personally, I think that is wrong and in sharing how to play Christmas songs I am hopefully doing my little bit to make sure that Jesus is not forgotten completely as the whole world - Christian and Non-Christian alike - celebrate the birthday of this Prince of Peace.... Read on for the melody and chords of this lovely traditional carol and a few pretty things to remind us of the Nativity itself!

Clicking below will take you to my Lulu page where you can see my carol book for solo guitar.

Intro image and music graphics are all my own creation, please do not copy!

Away In A Manger - Easy Fingerstyle TAB Away In A Manger

Away In A Manger Guitar TAB
Away In A Manger Guitar TAB

This easy arrangement for fingerstyle guitar is in TAB. It will work as a guitar solo, or an accompaniment for children to sing to. You are welcome to save this picture and print out for personal use.

Christmas - A Time For All To Celebrate? - Unless Your Belief Is Christian?

Some schools do not allow the traditional Christmas Nativity Play any more because they have non-Christian students. Is that right?

Do you think schools have become too secular at Christmas?

Away In A Manger Lyrics

Here are the words of Away In A Manger

Away in a manger,

No crib for a bed

The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky

Looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus

Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing

The Baby awakes

But little Lord Jesus

No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus

Look down from the sky

And stay by my side,

Until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,

I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever

And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children

In Thy tender care

And fit us for heaven

To live with Thee there

Carol Books for Recorder, Guitar and Guitar groups

To see all three carol books (plus a lot more music) you can click on the link for this photo. Thank you.
To see all three carol books (plus a lot more music) you can click on the link for this photo. Thank you. | Source

My First Very Easy Christmas Carol Book [Spiral-Bound]

Carols for beginners to play. Single note melodies with chord letters. Very easy large font notes with notename noteheads.

Traditional Christmas Carols For Guitar Solo [Paperback]

Easy and intermediate arrangements of well loved Christmas carols for fingerstyle guitar. Includes TAB as well as music.

Traditional Christmas Carols for Guitar Ensemble [Paperback]

Arrangements of well loved Carols for flexible sized guitar ensembles, these are full scores, not separate parts.

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Precious Moments Nativity Set

Bisque porcelain figurines of Mary, baby Jesus and Joseph will help you remember the reason for the season!

Away In A Manger - Free Sheet Music - Melody and Chords for Away in a Manger

Away In A Manger Free Recorder Music
Away In A Manger Free Recorder Music

This version on Away In A Manger is suitable for recorder with guitar or keyboard accompaniment. More carols like this are available in my book.

Away In A Manger - Precious Moments 5 Piece Nativity set - Nativity Set - Resin 5 Piece - GIFTWARE

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Away In A Manger - Recorded Versions - Favourite Versions Of Away In A Manger

Tell us about your Nativity Play experiences here. Me? I refused the part of an Angel, because the other kids teased me - instead I became a shepherd!


Was Away In A Manger Your First Christmas Carol? - Did You Star In A Nativity Play?

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      A slightly less common Christmas song than the staples but still a great song to learn. Great lens.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have had several roles including narrator and director.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have had several roles including narrator and director.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Lensrolling this to my Away in a Manger. You can't have too much! And yes, I was in nativity play, my children were and my grandson is Joseph this year and can't wait to wear the beard.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      I've never been in a Nativity Play, but I remember singing "Away in a Manger". I know and like two different tunes to it.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Well I don't remember actually being in a Nativity Play, but I do think they're wonderful to watch. And yes, I do remember Away in a Manger as one of the first Christmas carols I learned!