Joseph son of an ancient king,
what did you teach our Savior?
Did you teach him to dance and sing?
Did he share your labor?
Did you tell him about your dream and of the desert journey;
warned by angels of Herod's scheme, how you had to hurry?
Seeking work in a foreign land,
could you support your fam'ly?
Did you hold him with calloused hands?
Were you homeless, hungry?
Did you shelter him in your cloak while heaven's wind was blowing?
Did you wonder at words he spoke as a boy, still growing?
Did you teach him to work with wood?
Did Jesus like to help you?
Were you always so wise and good?
Did your dreams all come true?
Joseph, son of an ancient king, angels will guide your going;
through the desert with Mary bring Living Water flowing.