Away In A Manger

Away In A Manger Sheet Music

Away in a Manger is one of the most famous family Christmas songs of all time and is performed at thousands of nativity events each year. It is a late 19th century piece that remains one of the most popular Christmas pieces and has been recorded numerous times.
I have put together 2 versions of the Away in a Manger sheet music – an easy piano arrangement and an intermediate piano arrangement for you to have a go at.
I hope you enjoy playing them!

Away in a Manger Easy Piano

Away in a manger easy piano sheet music

      Away in a Manger Easy Piano

Click on the score to download the Away in A Manger Easy Sheet Music PDF

This version of Away in a Manger for easy piano is accessible for beginner piano players because it has a slow tempo, is in a simple key signature (F major) and the left hand is straightforward with no complicated rhythms. The melody does have some awkward moments where you will need to change hand position as the range of the melody is just over an octave (from middle C up a 9th to D).

Away in a Manger Intermediate Piano

Away in a manger intermediate piano version sheet music

      Away in a Manger Intermediate Piano

The intermediate version involves more movement in the left hand and the addition of accompanying notes in the right hand. This is certainly more difficult than the easy version, but is a good stepping stone for any piano player who would like to develop the ability to play 4 part hymn tune or choral arrangements in the future.
I have also left the fingering blank so that you can work out what feels best for you as a player.

Lyrics

Here are the full lyrics to Away in a Manger:

Verse 1
Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay
The Little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

Verse 2
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

Verse 3
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 take us to Heaven to live with Thee there