No Room at the Hotel
DESCRIPTION: "There was no room, no room, they had no room, There was no room, no room at the hotel." At the time Jesus was to be born, the hotel was full. The Virgin Mary was wandering in the night. The people were wicked. The hotel staff may be forgiven
EARLIEST DATE: 1981 (Rosenbaum)
KEYWORDS: Jesus hardtimes religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Rosenbaum, pp. 152-153, "No Room at the Hotel" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: This is very loosely based on Luke 2:1-7, which does indeed say that Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn (and it certainly would have been an inn, not a hotel -- the modern hotel concept did not exist at the time!). However, the song omits the census which allegedly caused the disruptions (and which is never mentioned in secular history and is highly unlikely with Rome and the Parthian Empire at dagger-points; Rome could not afford the disruption a census would have caused).
Also, Luke has only a single sentence about the inn being full. There is no hint that the inn's staff was wicked, or of a distinction between the workers and management. Inns at this time were almost certainly family businesses, with father, mother, and children doing the work; they might have a few employees, but the manager was part of the staff. Thus this song is guilty of many anachronisms, and almost all of them unfair. - RBW
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