From the Batcave to the Garden (Music For Mondays)

Now that Batgirl is aboard and you have heard her theme song, just for old-times sake here is the original Batman theme song. This is where I get to say “atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed.”

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Actually, I prefer this live version performed by one of my favorite bands, The Smithereens! Have a listen here because it isn’t on video.

And now, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, here is the song that popped into my head when Allison’s final guest post brought down the house with the most comments for the week.  See if you can make the connection. Scary!

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Slowing it down a lot, here is a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Little Wing done by that talented family of artists the Corrs. These four siblings are Irish, talented and beautiful. And their lead guitarist can hold his own too.   What is this song about? Did Hendrix even know? But this version by the Corrs makes me think of angels, not Tinker Bell (or crazy wah-wah pedal distortion effects).

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Sade recently came out with a new album.  This song, King of Sorrow, makes me think of Jesus during Holy Week. The video, on the other hand, makes me think of the plight of single mothers everywhere trying to make ends meet, have a career and raise their children too. And all without a husband to help. A tough row to hoe, as many of you well know. Too many. If you turn off the video, maybe you can hear Christ in these words if you change one word (see parenthesis).

I’m crying everyone’s tears
I have already paid for all (your) future sins
There’s nothing anyone
Can say to take this away
It’s just another day  

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George Harrison, the spiritual Beatle. I recently found this acoustic version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Many think that George went off the rails chasing the Maharishi, etc., and only God knows what became of his soul. Nowadays, what with scandal in our ranks, these words strike a chord with me anew, especially if you change your perspective on who the  I  in this song is.

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

I look from the wings at the play you are staging,
While my guitar gently weeps.
As I’m sitting here, doing nothing but aging,
Still, my guitar gently weeps.

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Francis Beckwith tipped me off to this one from his Facebook status. Bob Dylan (he converted to Christianity back in 1979 in case you missed the press release) sings a song about Our Lord’s Passion. The back-up band? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The story of the Alpha and the Omega In the Garden—

In the Garden
by Bob Dylan

When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
Did they know He was the Son of God, did they know that He was Lord?
Did they hear when He told Peter, “Peter, put up your sword”?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?

When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
Nicodemus came at night so he wouldn’t be seen by men
Saying, “Master, tell me why a man must be born again.”
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?

When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He said, “Pick up your bed and walk, why must you criticize?
Same thing My Father do, I can do likewise.”
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?

Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
The multitude wanted to make Him king, put a crown upon His head
Why did He slip away to a quiet place instead?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?

When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
He said, “All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Did they know right then and there what that power was worth?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?

When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
He said, “All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Did they know right then and there what that power was worth?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?

Copyright ©1980 Special Rider Music

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  • Maria

    Frank: I LOVE the gospel songs of Dylan. In The Garden is one of my favorites. Pressing On, Saved, When He Returns–these had to be written by the Holy Spirit. They are so pure.Got my car back $ 1300–I have been in the garden and needed this. Thanks, Frank.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    Wish I could have done more to help.

  • Maria

    Frank–I am happy to have this blog. It helps sustains me. Help enough.Pressing on to the higher calling of my Lord, right?


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