Jesus Christ

from Resurrection Day by Karl Dallas

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lyrics

Jesus Christ was a man, he travelled through the land,
Hard-working man and brave.
He said to the rich: Give your riches to the poor,
So they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand,
His followers true and brave.
But the rich men and the priests, like a pack of raging beasts,
They laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

He went to the banker, he went to the priest,
Told all of them the same:
Sell your jewels and your gold, give it all to the poor,
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand, etc

Now Judas was his name, that traitor of ill-fame,
He sold out his comrade to the cops.
But for every stinking rat who sells out and waxes fat
There are thousands whose assurance never stops.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand, etc

Working people held their breath when they heard about his death
And everyone wondered why.
It was the landlords and the liars and the soldiers that they hired
Who nailed Jesus Christ in the sky.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand, etc


But Jesus rose again like a spirit from the dead
And he lives in the hearts of us all,
Oscar Romero and Joe Hill, John Ball and Luther King,
And millions more who answered history's call.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand, etc

This song was written by Woody Guthrie
In a city of rich men and slaves.
But I've added in some words that really must be heard
How Jesus Christ has risen from the grave.

Yes, Jesus lives again in women and in men,
On the barricade, the sit-in and the strike,
When working people everywhere their daily struggles share
Jesus Christ is there beside them in the fight.

chorus:
Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand,
His followers true and brave.
But the rich men and the priests, like a pack of raging beasts,
They laid Jesus Christ in his grave.

Lord Jesus, long live Jesus,
Long live Jesus Christ.
When working people everywhere their daily struggles share
Jesus Christ is there beside them,
Christ is there beside them,
Jesus Christ is there beside them in the fight.

credits

from Resurrection Day, released March 18, 2013
Original words: Woody Guthrie.
Adapted with new words by Karl Dallas,
Bradford, December 15, 1991 (Small revisions & final chorus added later)
Tune: The Death of Jesse James.

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