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Forum Post: Just a little old time "religion" for thought

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 8, 2011, 7:32 p.m. EST by Boletus (125)
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Jesus Christ Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land A hard-working man and brave He said to the rich, "Give your money to the poor," But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave

Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand His followers true and brave One dirty little coward called Judas Iscariot Has laid Jesus Christ in His Grave

He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff He told them all the same "Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor," And they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.

When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around Believed what he did say But the bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross, And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

And the people held their breath when they heard about his death Everybody wondered why It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired To nail Jesus Christ in the sky

This song was written in New York City Of rich man, preacher, and slave If Jesus was to preach what He preached in Galilee, They would lay poor Jesus in His grave.

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[-] 1 points by tylerd6 (4) 2 years ago

The Joker was a villain who traveled through the land A hard-working criminal and brave He said to the Hard Working, "Give your money to the thugs," But they laid Joker in His grave

The Joker was a clown, a mob boss by hand His followers true and brave One dirty little coward called Batman Has laid The Joker in His Grave

He went to the Justice League, He went to Batman He told them all the same "Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the thugs," And they laid The Joker in His grave.

When Joker come to Gotham, all the working folks around Believed what he did say But the Heroes and the police, they nailed Him in Arkahm, And they laid The Joker in his grave.

And the people held their breath when they heard about his death Everybody wondered why It was the big landlord and the soldiers that they hired To nail The Joker in the sky

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 2 years ago

Thanks for providing a secular rendition. Did you do that just now?

[-] 1 points by tylerd6 (4) 2 years ago

yep yep! hope ya liked it! :D

[-] 1 points by 397135 (12) 2 years ago

Woody Guthrie made alot of money on that song.

How ironic....don't you just love America?

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 2 years ago

Note: I am a devout atheist, personally, but feel that this song offers an apt analogy. I in no way am trying to get anyone to believe in anything. However, if people do espouse the stated ideals of christianity, this song should perhaps mean something to them, in my opinion. But that is all this post is, just one person sharing something that is meaningful to him Again, I am not trying to convert or redirect anyone.

However, given that the song was written in the 1930's by a man who fought tirelessly for worker's rights throughout the depression, perhaps you can look past some of the obvious christianity-centric context if that is not your thing.

In case anyone is interested in learning more about Woody, check out: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

[-] 1 points by Permanushka (24) from Elk Creek, CA 2 years ago

I would hardly define woody Guthrie as an evangelist! Thank you for your thoughts, Boletus. Here's to not getting nailed, Actually if more people in the square had spoken up in front of Pontius Pilot, there might not have been a nailing in the first place.

[-] 1 points by Skylar11 (14) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Religion is the LAST thing this movement needs. Sell your Jesus stuff to the evangelicals.

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 2 years ago

Note the use of quotes for religion in the title of my post. I am a devout atheist, personally, but felt that the song offers an apt analogy. I in no way am trying to get anyone to believe in anything with this post.

However, given that the song was written in the 1930's by a man who fought tirelessly for worker's rights (the only thing he evangelized about) throughout the depression, perhaps you can look past some of the obvious christianity-centric context.

It would have been better if I had explained that context in the original post, but it does not seem to be possible now. I will add a disclaimer under the post in order to try to avoid providing offense or misinterpretations. It was presumptuous of me to assume everyone would understand the context.

Thanks

[-] 1 points by MuadDib (154) 2 years ago

"through this life you'll travel, you'll meet some funny men. Some will rob you with a sixgun, some with a fountain pen. Through this life you'll travel through this life you'll roam, you'll never see an outlaw take a family from its home" -Woodie Guthrie RIP

[-] 1 points by Boletus (125) 2 years ago

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