Some Children See Him

Album: The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols (1951)


  • "Some Children See Him" was composed by Alfred Burt (April 22, 1920 – February 7, 1954) an American jazz musician who wrote between 1942 and 1954 an annual Christmas carol with an old family friend, Wilha Hutson. He would send the festive song out each year as an annual holiday gift. This was the one he wrote in 1951.

    The carols remained mostly unknown outside the Burts' mailing list until 1952 when Burt's rendition of "Come, Dear Children" at the annual King Family Christmas party served to introduce his festive songs to Hollywood. Twelve of Burt's carols were released in time for Christmas 1954 on a 10-inch vinyl album called The Christmas Mood, after which interest picked up.
  • James Taylor recorded the carol for his James Taylor: A Christmas Album, which was released on a limited-edition basis in 2004, with distribution through Hallmark Cards and re-issued two years later by Columbia.
  • Kenny Rogers recorded this with Alison Krauss for his 2015 Once Again It's Christmas album. He told Billboard magazine about the song: "It falls within that category of 'Mary, Did You Know?,' in that it's a totally different look at Christmas. It says in so many words that black children don't have to see Christ as white; you can look at him as black. It really struck me as being a deep thought process into the universality of Christmas."

Comments: 2

  • AnonymousAndy Williams sang it on his TV show in 1965
  • Kevin from Salt Lake City, UtMaureen McGovern sings "Some Children See Him" on her wonderful but hard to find Christmas album. The Blenders and James Taylor also have nice versions.
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