Friday, February 20, 2009

Billy Bragg "Christ For President" Lyrics

A few months ago I wrote about how we might re-translate the Good News so that it finds a bit more meaning for the 21st century (see "What's in a Title? A Glance at Mark 1:1"). I love this track that Billy Bragg wrote. If anything, at least it gets us thinking...

Let's have Christ for President.
Let us have him for our King.
Cast your vote for the Carpenter
that you call the Nazarene.
The only way we can ever beat
these crooked politician men
Is to run the money changers out of the temple
And put the Carpenter in
O It's Jesus Christ our president
God above our king
With a job and a pension for young and old
We will make hallelujah ring
Every year we waste enough
to feed the ones who starve
We build our civilization up
and we shoot it down with wars
But with the Carpenter on the seat
away up in the capital town
The USA would be on the way prosperity bound!

1 comment:

  1. Do you think Mr. Bragg has one of those bumper stickers, "My boss is a Jewish Carpemter?"

    ...or maybe he wrote the song while sitting in traffic behind a car with the bumper sticker and thought, "hey, I can make something much more beautiful than that ugly bumper sticker" and - voila - a song was made.