Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ironic Advent Meditation #7: Song for the Second Sunday of Advent



Song for the Second Sunday of Advent: for mandolin and scratchy voice**

"In those days, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the wilderness of Judea" (gospel reading for 2nd Sunday of Advent)

John the Baptist knew one song
and he beat it like a drum
turn around oh turn around
wore camel skins, ate lovely bugs
and never touched the rum
turn around oh turn around
turn around my brother turn around and come
turn around you sinners turn and find the kingdom

Angel told old Zacharias
your wife will have a son
turn around oh turn around
Zacharias said ‘how can that be . . .
O Lord, what have I don . . . ?”
turn around oh turn around
But all nine months while Zacharias never said a thing
The baby in Elizabeth’s womb was busy prophesying.
turn around oh mother turn around and come
turn around and find the kingdom

Every mountain will be brought low
Every valley shall be raised
turn around oh turn around
Until we make a highway for our God
in this rough place
turn around oh turn around
Come down to the waters all you hypocrites and liars
The one whose coming after me will baptize you with fire.

John the Baptist knew one song
and he beat it like a drum
turn around oh turn around
Preaching in the wilderness
to hearts as hard as stone
turn around oh turn around
and find the kingdom

Waiting in his prison cell
to die there all alone
turn around oh turn around
John asked was this all some mistake
Or were you the one to come?

**written as an anthem for Second Sunday of Advent liturgy at Christ the King Parish, Huntington, IN (lyrics slightly changed for church--no mention of "rum")




2 comments:

  1. Pretty please, with a lovely bug on top!

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  2. I would like for you to send me the recording. :)

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