Leave your berries bright and good, please do come, O please do come!
Make a soft and downy next so the newborn may rest, fum fum fum!
This Catalan carol was written for people processing in the street following midnight mass. It is meant to be accompanied by guitar -- thus the "fum fum fum!" repetitions.
There are a few carols written intentionally for guitar accompaniment -- Silent Night being the most well-known of them -- but one of the joys of Christmas is that there is such a variety of vocal styles and instrumental possibilities.
This carol also joins together the call to discipleship -- leave your berries, birds! leave your flocks, shepherds! leave your nets, fishermen! -- with the call to all creation to honor the child.
For us, of course, the call may also come the other way -- now is a good time to remember the birds, whose food supply has been largely buried under snow in recent days.