Toby Keith, Country's Patriotic and Brash Songwriter, Dead at 62

About the Song

Toby Keith, a name synonymous with country music for over three decades. Known for his gruff vocals, patriotic anthems, and storytelling lyrics, Keith has carved a unique space in the genre. But today, we’re venturing away from his usual themes and diving into a lesser-known gem from his early discography: “What Made The Baby Cry?”

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Released on his 1995 album, Christmas to Christmas, this song takes a thoughtful and introspective look at the nativity story. Now, Christmas music can sometimes feel predictable, filled with jingling bells and cheery singalongs.

But “What Made The Baby Cry?” offers something different. It’s a contemplative ballad that ponders the vastness of human experience against the backdrop of Jesus’ birth.

This song isn’t just about celebrating a joyous occasion; it’s about questioning the world the newborn Christ enters. It asks if, even as a babe in arms, Jesus could somehow sense the suffering and hardship that exists alongside the wonder of life.

It’s a poignant reminder that the world isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and that even amidst the joy of a new beginning, there’s an underlying awareness of the challenges that lie ahead.

So, if you’re looking for a Christmas song that goes beyond the surface merriment, then “What Made The Baby Cry?” by Toby Keith might just surprise you.

It’s a song that invites reflection, that asks questions about the human condition, and that leaves a lasting impression long after the last note fades.

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