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Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too

GUEST,Sharyn 03 Nov 13 - 12:47 PM
GUEST,Jim 22 Aug 14 - 10:31 AM
Mrrzy 22 Aug 14 - 11:44 AM
Mrrzy 22 Aug 14 - 11:47 AM
GUEST 09 Mar 15 - 08:42 PM
GUEST,John Ullman 23 Jan 17 - 01:44 AM
Jim Carroll 23 Jan 17 - 04:20 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 23 Jan 17 - 02:16 PM
GUEST,DJ Grindrod 17 Dec 17 - 01:25 PM
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Subject: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST,Sharyn
Date: 03 Nov 13 - 12:47 PM

I first heard this song in the 1980's at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. I am now wondering who wrote or recorded it and a Google search turns up squat. It is not "Jesus Was Once a Teenager, Too." Does anyone know this?

It starts:

Say your prayers every night
Go to church every Sunday.
You'll go to Heaven
Not now, but someday..."

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 10:31 AM

I first heard it at Reed College, Portland Oregon, 1960-1961. I know of no recordings, and am busy chasing up evidence regarding which of two classmates might have written it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 11:44 AM

No, thread creep, I once heard something about did he have a baby sister... looking forward to the rest of your lyrics, .


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Aug 14 - 11:47 AM

Rats. I tried to be cute and say that I was ending my thread creep by using the chevrons or whatever they are with the slash that means ending whatever was going on, but it must have been just htmly enough to mean something because it...just... vanished...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 08:42 PM

Possibly Peter Berg, who also wrote "Looking for a Woman with a Chainsaw"
The version I heard went: Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ ...
Do all your homework. Go to church every Sunday. You'll get to heaven, not tomorrow, but one day. For although he was a Jew, Jesus was a teenager too, for me and you, a teenager too-oo-oo-oo-oo.
Down at the drag strip, you gotta race fair. Though you racing 'gainst Tommy, Jesus is there
Roses are redish, violets are bluish. If it wasn't for Jesus, we'd all still be Jewish.
One pair of sandals was all that he had. But if He'd wanted another pair, He could just ask His Dad.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST,John Ullman
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 01:44 AM

I heard it at Reed in 1961-62. I am pretty sure it was written by a student who was a few years ahead of me. He also wrote Barry Goldwater Marches On, perhaps others. I meet have some of this on a reel to reel, but it would take me hours to find it. Barry Hansen might know about it as well.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 04:20 AM

Best Jesus sing, in my opinion
Jim Carroll

D2 THE BALLAD OF THE CARPENTER         (1954)
Written on the way to a Christmas party,

alternative title: "The Carpenter"
words and music: Ewan MacColl

Jesus was a working man,
A hero you shall hear;
Born in the slums of Bethlehem
At the turning of the year,
Yes, the turning of the year.

When Jesus was a little boy
The streets rang with his name,
For he argued with the aldermen
And he put 'em all to shame,
Yes, he put them all to shame.

His father he apprenticed him
A carpenter to be,
To plane and drill and work with skill
In the town of Galilee,
Yes, the town of Galilee.

He became a roving journeyman
And he wandered far and wide,
And he saw how wealth and poverty
Live always side by side,
Yes, always side by side.

He said, 'Come all you working men,
You farmers and weavers, too;
If you will only organise,
The world belongs to you,
Yes, the world belongs to you.'

So the fishermen sent two delegates
And the farmers and weavers, too;
And they formed a working committee of twelve
To see the struggle through,
Yes, to see the struggle through.

When the rich men heard what the carpenter had done,
To the Roman troops they ran;
Saying 'Put this rebel, Jesus, down,
He's a menace to God and man,
Yes, a menace to God and man.'

The commander of the occupying troops,
He laughed and then he said:
'There's a cross to spare on Calvary Hill,
By the weekend he'll be dead,
Yes, by the weekend he'll be dead.'

Now, Jesus walked among the poor
For the poor were his own kind;
And they wouldn't let the cops get near enough
To take him from behind,
Yes, to take him from behind.

So they hired a man of the traitor's trade
And a stool pigeon was he;
And he sold his brother to the butcher's men
For a fistful of silver money,
A fistful of money.

Jesus lay in the prison cell.
They beat him and offered him bribes
To desert the cause of his own poor folk
And work for the rich men's tribe,
Yes, work for the rich men's tribe.

The sweat stood out upon his brow
And the blood was in his eye,
And they nailed his body to the Roman cross
And they laughed as they watched him die,
Yes, they laughed as they watched him die.

Two-thousand years have passed and gone
And many a hero, too;
And the dream of this poor carpenter,
It's time it was coming true,
Yes, it's time it was coming true.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 23 Jan 17 - 02:16 PM

Jesus Was A Teenager Too
from "The Middle" (television series 2009-2017)
Warner Brothers Studio
episode - "The Prom" session 2 episode 22 - aired May 11, 2011
(character - reverand TimTom)

Jesus was a teenager, too.
Beneath the long hair and pimples, King of the Jews.

A lonely teenage savior no one could understand.
Awkward on the outside, but inside a wise young man.
Yeah, Jesus was a teenager, too.


It's tough being a parent.
It's hard being Mom and Dad.
It's hard being a parent, you wonder why kids do the things they do.
Well, I said it before and I'll say it some more, remember,
Jesus was a teenager, too.

Mary wondered if he'd be okay,
But he turned out to be a super nice guy in every way.
He did, yeah.

It's hard being a parent.
It's the toughest job you'll ever do, and it's the most rewarding, too.
Remember how they used to spit up on you?
Don't worry this will pass, too.
Yeah, it's hard being a parent.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

< Type of catchy phrase I would have expected from Larry Norman, or Keith Green, Peter Gabrial, Randy Stonehill.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Jesus Was a Teenager, Too
From: GUEST,DJ Grindrod
Date: 17 Dec 17 - 01:25 PM

I heard a version in the mid-60s in Madison (WI) Unitarian youth group. One verse I remember was "At the dance at the high school gym, I was dancing with Tom, but I was thinking of Him- Jesus was a teenager too!"


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