Saturday, 14 July 2012

Woody Guthrie

I have just listened to a couple of great program's on BBC iplayer celebrating that 100 years ago Woody Guthrie was born. It is inspirational to hear his words and how they have so much relevance today. The programmes included interviews with people of America who struggle with poverty, drug addiction and unemployment as well as racism and the struggle to just feed themselves. A symptom of the times. Woody wrote about these people in his time - straight from the heart. He was also a Christian.
An inspiration I can take into my work in some way. In the song below The lyrics referring to bankers seems particularly relevant today.

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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