Sunday, October 04, 2009

Jesus Christ

This is a song by the itinerant hobo singer of the 1930's Great Depression era, Woody Guthrie. It was played as the last song and the last act, of Michael Moore's new film, Capitalism: A Love Story (a must see!). I think Jesus Christ may have been a Socialist (!), as the film implies, with all that sharing and caring for the poor!

Jesus Christ
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
Had 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