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Soldiers of Christ -old song of the day


In 1997, I put out "Happy Town" - the album that got me dropped from the label. I think they thought it was too weird, a downer, or just not commercial enough. It included "Soldiers of Christ", a satirical take on the Christian Right. It was not, I was told, the labels favorite song.I actually stopped singing it after a year or so. I thought it might have been just a touch too harsh or didactic. I also believed the salad days of the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons were behind us. I mean, Roe v Wade was safe, we eventually got gay marriage, and no one was seriously talking about banning text books. Well...


SOLDIERS OF CHRIST

Our Lord loves the family, our Lord loves the saved Our Lord loves the unborn babies and the NRA Our Lord hates the liberals, the faggots, and their friends We're soldiers of Christ and we're here to defend The way it used to be The way it ought to be The way it's going to be again In the days of Cain and Abel In the days of the Crusades In the days of inquisitions They made the damned behave Before emancipation Before Roe and Wade Before they taught little children That they evolved from apes The way it used to be The way it ought to be The way it's going to be again When we're in Heaven, you'll be sorry then Our Lord loves the sinner as long as he don't sin He knows the thoughts you're thinking He knows with whom you've been And our Lord loves this country He's with you at the polls He knows the lever that you pull He's keeping track of souls The way it used to be The way it ought to be The way it's going to be again When we're in heaven, you'll be sorry When we're in heaven, you'll be sorry When we're in heaven, you'll be sorry then Gonna be sorry then

(Sobule/Eaton)



One funny story - a guy game up to me on the street and told me his evangelical sister had told him about my song. She thought I was serious, had become reborn, and was now a healthy conservative Christian heterosexual. She told him (her out gay brother) that if I can change, he can too. I love this story so much.


4 commentaires


rockingjamboree
17 juil. 2022

Very Randy Newman-ish. Songs from the POV of an Unreliable Narrator are hard to pull off. There’s always Poe’s Law to worry about. When Randy Newman wrote “Short People“ he was trying to do a silly allegory on racism. It even has that, “Short Prople are just the same…” Bridge. He spells it out!


But “Short People” is bullying. It literally punches dow, and punches down HARD. For what? Cheap jokes. Stale jokes in doggerel couplets. I was in High School when that was a hit. And the shorter kids were HOUNDED by the Mean Girls, Jocks, as the Hodie-Ring Piranha smelled blood. Forty plus years late, I still feel guilty for not doing more to stop it!

This is…

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Brady Lanier
Brady Lanier
15 juil. 2022

I just re-listened to Happy Town the other day for the first time in years. Plenty of strong songs, including this one. But, yeah, surprisingly downbeat, coming as it does on the heels of Jill's commercial breakthrough. Perhaps a clue to the reason appears in the penultimate song: "I sold my soul... and nothing happened." Ouch.

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quinn3127
15 juil. 2022

That's a wild story. The lyrics seem over the top enough it's hard to imagine someone taking them at face value, but clearly there are some who manage it.

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Dave Walsh
Dave Walsh
15 juil. 2022

I became a fan (huge) after California Years tho When My Ship Came In was big in Columbus. So many good albums, Platypus, Dottie, I enjoy the later stuff

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