Songs about Biblical Characters or Stories
Regardless of religious preferences, most of us will readily admit that the Bible is an important work of literate in Western culture, established in our culture even when it isn't in all of our belief systems. And even at that, the Bible is full of verse, prose, drama, and archetypal characters that have become woven into legend and lore. It may come as no small surprise that many scholars trace some of these stories right back outside the Bible again, to a time before Christianity. Study enough religion, and you'll find that many of them share the same themes, if not the identical stories and names.
You'd be surprised at just how many songs make reference to Biblical figures. This actually fits with some parts of the Bible, as the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Solomon at least are regarded as poetry. Thus, the Bible unites the oral tradition of the early days of bards, actually making songs themselves part of its fabric. Why not borrow a page or two for a song subject? It worked so well with Cecil B. DeMille for movies.
"In the Bible Cain slew Abel
And East of Eden he was cast
You're born into this life paying
for the sins of somebody else's past"
Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Paul is making me nervous
Paul is making me scared
Walk into this room and swaggers
Like he's God's own messenger"
"Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah"
Statler Brothers, The
"When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation
And take me home what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And then proclaim my God how great Thou art"
"Step by step, one by one
Higher and higher
Step by step, rung by rung
Climbing Jacob's ladder"
"Jesus is my virtue
And Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to"
"Follow me down to the valley below
You know moonlight is bleeding from out of your soul
Come to us, Lazarus, it's time for you to go"
"Moses went walking with the staff of wood. yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp. yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"
"Noah's ark came to my house one day
With all his animals
And he took me away"
"Don't betray my trusted promise
Please don't anger me
I find it hard to bear no fairness
Don't frustrate me, manipulate me
Please don't judas me"
They Might Be Giants
"We were once so close to heaven
Peter came out and gave us medals
Declaring us the nicest of the damned"
"Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn't mention us
The bible didn't mention us, not even once"
Grateful Dead, The
"Sheep go to Heaven,
Goats go to Hell,
Sheep go to Heaven,
Goats go to Hell"
"The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On the leather steeds they ride
They've come to take your life
On through the dead of night
With the four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die!"
You don't exist
The Judas kiss"
"Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection
Send my credentials to the House of Detention
I got some friends inside"
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