this is a cover of Daniel Johnston's song. i often have a jesus theme in my art and music, i think to deal with being forced to go to Lutheran Church in my youth (my grandpa, the Reverend John (Jack) A. Halloway, was a Lutheran minister). I like to bring Jesus back to being a friendly and fun-loving person and I read in a new age blog once that he gathered the big crowds cause he had a great sense of humor and could tell a great joke. i love all kinds of spiritual paths and this line from leonard cohen sums up my feelings on organized religious people: "jesus taken seriously by many, jesus taken joyous by a few"
There was this big guy
And He had a great idea.
He built Himself a world
And He put people on it.
But the people they turned wicked,
And they soon forgot
Who had made their very being
And put them on their planet.
So the God He sent His very own Son,
His only holy Son.
And He sent Him to the world
'cause something had to be done.
His son walked around and He told the truth
Like the truth had never been told.
He was kind to the poor,
His home was the road.
Unlike any other heroes
Of which a song could be sung,
He never did bad to anyone.
He never did no harm.
But there were other people who weren't so nice
And they plotted to take His life
And the Man knew all about it
But He didn't even hide.
And they beat Him and they robbed Him
And they hung Him for bein' good.
And they laughed and made jokes
While they stood in his blood.
But there's a happy ending to the story.
I think you'll be glad to know
He came back to life in glory,
And up from the grave He arose.
So before you turn out your light,
Remember this one Man
Who lived comfortably in heaven
But gave it all up to hang on a cross.
'Cause He hung for you and me
And He came to set us free.
'Cause his Dad had a great idea
About the way things ought to be.
from The Kittens
released June 10, 2015
Written by Daniel Johnston
Produced by Ryan Erskine
Shari Elf: vocals
Ryan Erskine: piano bob's piano, guitar and vocals
Mastered by Chris Unck at High Lonesome, Joshua Tree Ca.
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