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Thread #2278   Message #2501601
Posted By: Amos
25-Nov-08 - 06:01 PM
Thread Name: Depressing Christmas Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: THE REBEL JESUS (Jackson Brown)
THE REBEL JESUS
(Jackson Brown)

The streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows all are bright
With the faces of the children.
And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tales
Giving thnaks for all God's graves
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

They call him by the "Prince of Peace"
And they call him by "the Saviour"
And they pray to him on every sea
And in every bold endeavour.
Asthey fill his churches with their pride and gold
And their faith in him increases.
But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel, Jesus.

We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions.
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations.
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If thegenerosity should seize us.
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why they are poor
They 'd get the same as the rebel, Jesus.

But please forgive me if I've seemed
To take the tone of judgement.
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment.
In this life of hardship and earthly toil
We have need of anything that fees us.
So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan,
On the side of the rebel, Jesus.