Monday, April 9, 2007

The Day After Easter Which Is Also Like Every Other Day Always Easter

"Breathe Deep (The Breath of God)"
from the album Scenic Routes (Music and lyrics by Terry Taylor)

Politicians, morticians, Philistines, homophobes
Skinheads, Dead heads, tax evaders, street kids
Alcoholics, workaholics, wise guys, dim wits
Blue collars, white collars, war mongers, peaceniks

Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God
Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God

Suicidals, rock idols, shut-ins, drop outs
Friendless, homeless, penniless and depressed
Presidents, residents, foreigners and aliens
Dissidents, feminists, xenophobes and chauvinists

Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God
Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God

Evolutionists, creationists, perverts, slum lords
Dead-beats, athletes, Protestants and Catholics
Housewives, neophytes, pro-choice, pro-life
Misogynists, monogamists, philanthropists, blacks and whites

Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God
Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God

Police, obese, lawyers, and government
Sex offenders, tax collectors, war vets, rejects
Atheists, Scientists, racists, sadists
Biographers, photographers, artists, pornographers

Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God
Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God

Gays and lesbians, demagogues and thespians
The disabled, preachers, doctors and teachers
Meat eaters, wife beaters, judges and juries
Long hair, no hair, everybody everywhere!

Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God
Breathe deep
Breathe deep the Breath of God

Okay, friends, if that's not Easter, I don't know what would be.
I can't think of anyone who in some way wouldn't be offended by someone on that list. Everybody has an enemy on that list.
God has no enemies on that list. Only children.
We have no enemies on that list. Only brothers and sisters.

happy The Day After Easter Which Is Also Like Every Other Day Always Easter.

3 comments:

jscorbin said...

Somehow I can hear these lyrics being sung to REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It", or Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues", not that those melodies have any relevance. Visualize Dylan flipping the charts in the music video with all of these phrases ... perhaps ending with one of the cross. Cool ...

ephill said...

Yeah, I remember when I heard David read the words to this song, thinking "wife beaters, huh!"--I have a hard time with that one. A child of God, eh? Just like me?!

revrin rick said...

yknow what's scary about that song is that it's not just a nice or interesting idea about being a christian - it's jarring, hard, scary. the poet doesn't let us off the hook. i was very moved by it, but partly because it made me extremely uncomfortable. pornographers? wife beaters? chauvinists? war mongers? and yet ... all of those people are absolutely the beloved of god. they'd better be. or else the whole thing makes no sense. no sense at all.
weird. and wonderful.