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Resurrection Blues

If there was ever a song that captured the spirit of Good Friday for me, it is “Resurrection Blues” by Otis Taylor. In contrast to the pervasive tendency to see, in the secret recesses of the Christ of the crucifixion, a self-assured confidence in his divinity and mission, we have a vision that truly embraces the sweated blood, and the desperate pleas of the garden of Gethsemane, and the cry of dereliction.

We all got to die
But some people
Some people
Some people got to suffer before they die

This about a man
He’s gonna be crucified

Some people die of cancer
Some people die of aids
But this man’s gonna be crucified

Woke up this morning
In a deep deep
a deep sleep
I found out
I found out
I found out
I was Jesus

I don’t want to be crucified
Don’t want
Thorns on my head
Don’t want
Walk among the dead
I don’t want to be
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus

Woke up this morning
from a deep deep
a deep sleep
I found out
I found out
Found out
I was Jesus

I can’t break bread
Feed a thousand people
Turn sweet water
Into wine
Been on this earth
Too long of a time
Don’t want to be
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus

Listen to the song for free, here. And, if you really want to hear this song in context, and think Good Friday in concert with the crucified people of this age, you should listen to it in concert with his “Saint Martha Blues.” This devastating song is Taylor’s own description of the lynching of his grandfather, which conjures up images of the women who, after the death of Christ must go to his body. Fantastic, terrifying stuff.

One Comment

  1. Phil Sumpter wrote:

    I wonder why it’s called Resurrection Blues. Oughtn’t it be called Crucifixion Blues?

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 12:51 am | Permalink

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