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Thread #95461   Message #1865098
Posted By: GUEST,Ian Pittaway
21-Oct-06 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Judas and Mary (Sydney Carter)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Said Judas to Mary - Sydney Carter
Mick, it's right, of course, that Sydney encouraged others to shift and change his songs, as he did himself. I notice, though, that the link above changes Sydney's original *meaning* as well as his words. The change in the final two verses takes us from Sydney's original immanent eschatology (Jesus is present now in the needy if only we have eyes to see) to a very different future eschatology (Jesus will literally return). None of Sydney's writings or lyrics suggest this kind of theology. I'm not a believer myself - though I think Sydney's writing was fantastic - but I think this fundamental change should be noted.