Saints and patriarchs

And the Bible didn’t mention us, not even once …

Adam Raised a Cain,” Bruce Springsteen
Books of Moses,” Tom Waits
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Go Down Moses,” Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Joan of Arc,” Allison Crowe
John the Revelator,” Blind Willie Johnson
John the Revelator,” Phil Keaggy
Judas Cradle,” Sugar
Judas Skin,” Vigilantes of Love
Moses,” Melissa Ferrick
Moses,” Missy Higgins
“Moses,” Nick Giaconia
Moses,” Patty Griffin
Noah’s Dove,” 10,000 Maniacs
Prayer of Saint Francis,” Sarah McLachlan
Saint Agnes and the Burning Train,” Sting
Saint Ann’s Gold,” Daniel Lanois
Saint Augustine in Hell,” Sting
Saint Cajetan,” Cracker
Saint Teresa,” Joan Osborne
Samson,” Regina Spektor
Solomon Sang,” Cassandra Wilson

The “Saint Agnes” in Sting’s song is apparently a reference to his grandmother and not the saint herself. The Cracker song seems to be an actual prayer to St. Cajetan, patron saint of gamblers and job-seekers. I have no idea what “St. Ann’s Gold” refers to in Daniel Lanois’ song.

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  • bulbul

    What, no love for bluegrass?
    Rise up Lazarus – Patty Loveless
    Daniel Prayed – whoever, but I still prefer Patty Loveless’ version

  • John the Revelator” – Depeche Mode
    Saint Augustine in Hell” – Sting
    The Saints are Coming” – U2 & Green Day

  •  “Books of Moses”, Skip Spence
    “John the Revelator”, Blind Willie Johnson
    “O Mary Don’t You Weep”, Bruce Springsteen (lyrics traditional)
    “Adam Raised A Cain”, Bruce Springsteen
    “Lazarus”, Ray Wylie Hubbard

  • wychwood

    Get Up Jonah – Bruce Cockburn?

    Good song (and isn’t that just what secret police are all about)

  • Amaryllis

    if I could, I surely would, stand on the rock where Moses stood

    Who says the devil has all the good music?

    Acts of the Apostle, Part 1 – Belle and Sebastian
    Bathsheba Smiles – Richard Thompson
    Blind Bartimeus – Jerry and Tammy Sullivan
    Books of Moses – Tom Waits
    Brig Saint John – John Beag
    Cormacus scripsit – Anuna
    John the Revelator – Son house
    John the Revelator – The White Stripes
    Juantzin, Juan Diegotzin – SAVAE
    Larga manus Brigida – Canty
    Lux Brigida Lagenie – Canty
     Nicholai presulis – Anonyous 4
    Nicholaus pontifex – Anonymous 4
    Oratio Ieremiae – Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble
    Patrick’s Arrival – Christy Moore
    Prodigal Son – Rude Dog
    Sainte nicholaes – Anonymous 4
    Sankt Staffan Han Rider – The Boys of the Lough
    St, Andrew (The Battle Is In the Air) – The White Stripes
    St. Dominic’s Preview – Van Morrison
    St. George – Waterson:Carthy
    St. James Infirmary Blues – The White Stripes
    St. Louis Blues –  Louis Armstrong
    St. Paul’s Steeple – The Broadside Band
    Totis orbis Brigide – Canty
    When the Saints Go Marching In – Bruce Springsteen
    When the Saints Go Marching In – Kings of Harmony

    And a whole separate section for Herself:

    Ave Maria gratia plena – The King’s Singers
    Ave maris stella – Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble
    Crist and St. Marie – Anuna
    De la Sagrada Maria – SAVAE
    Guadalupe – The Chieftains
    Magnificat (Bach’s) – New York Philharmonic with Schola Cantorum
    Magnificat anima mea – Anonymous 4
    O Maria stella maris – Anonymous 4
    O Mary Don’t You Weep – Bruce Springsteen
    Pulcherrima rosa – Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble
    Prudentia prudentium – Anonymous 4
    Saint Mary’s Polka – The Cheiftains
    Salve virgo virginum – Anonymous 4
    Tepeyac – SAVAE

  • friendly reader

    Just one:
    “Po’ Lazarus” – from the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? OST

    I’m not including any tracks from The Secret of Kells because, contrary to what wikipedia states, there’s no way that the main character in a movie set during the Viking assault on Ireland could be the fifth-century Saint Brendan.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Lady Madonna and happy 50th to the Beatles fans!

  • Amaryllis

     I have no idea what “St. Ann’s Gold” refers to in Daniel Lanois’ song.

    Maybe a reference to St. Anne as the patron saint of miners and voyageurs?

    And, although I didn’t know this before, Google tells me that the Sisters of St. Anne ran a hospital in Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush.

  • MikeJ

    Not in the title, but
    God said to Abraham “kill me a son”
    Abe say, “man you must be puttin’ me on”
    God say “no”
    Abe say “what?”
    God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but

    The next time you see me comin’ you better run”

    Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done ?”

    God says. “Out on Highway 61”

    And of course, there are other god[desse]s like PJ Harvey’s Sheela Na Gig

    Not about the Moses in the Bible, but NRBQ had Miss Moses.

  • Carstonio

    As much as I love the O Brother soundtrack, I’m still amazed as the dark tone of many tracks that T. Bone Burnett picked out. The theme is that life is full of suffering and the only consolation is being with Jesus after death. I can see the appeal of this during the Depression in hardscrabble Mississippi, but this is ironic given that the movie’s creators come from a different religion.

  • Judas Rising – Judas Priest

    I think that’s the closest I’ve got, though I’ll look around a bit more.

  • Adam’s Apple – Aerosmith
    Adam Raised A Cain – Bruce Springsteen
    (Anti-Christ Televsion Blues) – Arcade Fire
    Arms Of Mary – Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
    Belshazzar – Johnny Cash
    Delilah – Tom Jones
    Delilah – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
    Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? – Manic Street Preachers
    Dig, Lazarus Dig!!! – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    Four Horsemen – The Clash
    Ichabod – Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers
    John Saw That Number – Neko Case
    John The Revelator – Depeche Mode
    Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson

  • Launcifer

    This one’s a pun, but I love the bridge, so: St Vitus’ Dance by Black Sabbath.

    Another one I have that doesn’t really relate in terms of the title, but lyrically feels like it fits (kinda): Mighty Re-Arranger by Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation.

    Damn, I need a more interesting music collection.

  • Andy

    “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” — Bob Dylan
    “Abraham, Martin, and John” — Dion

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    Slack, that album cover bears a creepy resemblance to the cover of Twilight.

  • Jessica_R

    “Joanni” -Kate Bush

  • azelie

    Saints – The Breeders

  • rizzo

    Samson & Delilah – The Grateful Dead
    My Brother Esau – The Grateful Dead

  • rizzo

    Oh also The Greatest Story Ever Told by the Dead, saints & patriarchs aren’t in the title but the song is full of ’em.  Many Dead songs contain Biblical allusions, Robert Hunter loved to do that:)

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell

    “Jonathan David”, Belle & Sebastian
    “Neckodeemus”, The Congos
    “Noah’s Ark”, Eek-A-Mouse
    “Tedious”, Junior Murvin (“Moses gave Joshua the rod, to lead the children to the promised land / Elijah gave Micah the rod, to lead the children to the promised land…”)”Saint James Infirmary”, Arlo Guthrie
    “Saint Patrick Battalion”, David Rovics
    “Solomon”, Junior Murvin”Sounds from Levi”, Augustus Pablo

  • Theo Axner

    Excluding songs specifically about Jesus…

    Abraham, Martin and John – Bob Dylan (so it’s a bit of a stretch, but the lyric’s kind of ambiguous ;))
    Adam Raised a Cain – Bruce Springsteen
    Adam’s Atoms – Bad Religion
    Belshazzar – Johnny Cash
    The Hand of the Almighty (He’ll F*** You Up) – John F. Butler
    Hang On St. Christopher – Tom Waits
    Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan (Abraham)
    I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Bob Dylan
    I’d Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day – Bob Dylan (St Peter)
    It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City – Bruce Springsteen
    Judas’ Death – Jesus Christ Superstar
    Man Gave Names to All the Animals – Bob Dylan (Adam)
    Moses in the Wilderness – Larry Norman
    Peter’s Denial – Jesus Christ Superstar
    Po’ Lazarus – the Fairfield Four
    Ring Them Bells – Bob Dylan (St Peter, Martha,  St Catherine)
    The River of Jordan – the Louvin Brothers (John the Baptist)
    Saint and Sinner – Kiss
    Saint Patrick Battalion – David Rovics
    Sankte Per – Euskefeurat
    Simon Zelotes / Poor Jerusalem – Jesus Christ Superstar
    St. Jimmy – Green Day
    St. Mary – Rancid
    St. Swithin’s Day – Billy Bragg
    St. Vitus Dance – Black Sabbath
    Staffan och Herodes – Folk & Rackare (St Stephen, as in the following)
    Staffan och Herodes – Sågskära
    Staffan Var en Stalledräng – Folk & Rackare
    Staffan Var en Stalledräng – Cornelis Vreeswijk
    Staffanslåt Från Leksand – Folk & Rackare
    Staffansvisa Från Jämtland – Triakel
    Staffansvisa Från Nås – Folk & Rackare
    Thief on the Cross – Bob Dylan
    Ut Kommer Staffan – Folk & Rackare
    The Weight – the Band
    The Weight – Weezer
    With God on Our Side – Bob Dylan (Judas)
    Yonder Comes Sin – Bob Dylan (Jeremiah, et al)

  • Victor

    Hey “IT” is  Friday and for what “IT” is worth this is a very small sample of some of my favorite Christian music.

    Last but not least

    Hey Victor! “IT” is Friday Night so lighten UP why don’t ya?

    THAT WILL BE ENOUGH OUT OF YA sinner vic and
    stop making an A.S.S. out of U>S (usual sinners) again.

    Sorry! :)


  • DorothyD

    Adam Raised a Cain – Bruce Springsteen
    Gabriel’s Message – Choir of Clair College
    Jacob’s Ladder – Bruce Springsteen
    John the Revelator – Government Mule
    Noah’s Dove – 10,000 Maniacs
    Saint Augustine in Hell – Sting
    Solomon Sang – Cassandra Wilson

  • Enoch Root

    ‘St. Anne’s Gold’ is about being transcendentally exhausted, perhaps dying and finally resting. Daniel Lanois is one of those people you should really follow if you care about anything at all. :-)

    The same album features Aaron Neville performing ‘Amazing Grace.’ Also features Brian Eno and U2’s The Edge. In an interview Lanois said the idea was as if aliens had come to Earth, learned this song, and taken it home to perform. And it’s beautiful.

  • Two songs by Chris de Burgh: “Spanish Train” and “Crusader”

  • Amaryllis

    They say that Cain caught Abel
    rolling loaded dice,
    Ace of spades behind his ear
    and him not thinking twice!

  • Alrightyeah

    John Saw That Number – Neko Case.  Sort of.