It’s Only Rock and Roll II (Music for Mondays)

Happy Monday people! It’s raining in my neck of the woods, how about yours? I’ve come up with 5 religious (or near religious songs) that did well on the charts. They still sound good today too and always make me think of the divine. Some more than others for sure and maybe none of them for you. Either way, if nothing else, they may help you see that the divine is always at work and still breaks in upon the secular just to remind us of that fact.

Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, Crossroads. A cover of the classic written (and first performed by) Robert Johnson. Of course, the legend is that Robert Johnson, who rocketed to fame and then died at age 27, sold his soul to the Devil. I suppose we will all know the truth about that one day. In the meantime, these two have some good, clean,fun with the song that helped Cream make it into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, save me if you please.

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The Police, Secret Journey. I always liked this tune by the Police. From their 1981 album Ghost in the Machine. The West frowns upon monks and figures they are wasting time and accomplishing nothing. Catholic Christians know better, right? Right!? A very unique sound that the Police (Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland) were known for.
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The Police again, and from the same album too. Spirits in the Material World. C.S. Lewis once said, “we are souls, we have bodies.” Forget theology for a few minutes and just enjoy the tune.
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George Harrison, My Sweet Lord. I know, I know, the chorus chants “hare Krishna” at the end. That doesn’t mean I have to! I just keep singing hallelujah instead.
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Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water. If this doesn’t make you think of Our Lord, then I don’t know what will.

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04545510194367389333 Stefanie

    You hit it out of the ballpark with these, Frank…although I never heard Crossroads before, but I recognize the story from the Coen brothers film, "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?"Re: Police and "Spirits" — I am known in my family for mis-hearing certain popular songs. That being said, I always thought (until I actually bought got the Police Hits cd) that words "We are Spirits in the material world" were "Ab-stin-ance in the material world." Heh.I guess it works that way, too.

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

    Thanks Stephanie. I really never know how these secular pieces will be received by our readers when I get "inspired" to share them. And mis-hearing lyrics…I do it on purpose now sometimes ;^).

  • Sandy

    Thumbs up on each and every one of these. But you know I would! :-)

  • http://www.sweet-calamity.net Janelle

    Especially love the George Harrison.

  • Maria

    Cream. Whoa. Takes me back. Crossroads–Dylan and Clapton. The best. It is joy watching someone do what God intended them to do, right? He sure meant for them to play the guitar. I do not think I have EVER seen Dylan in a tie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Cream!!! White Room, Sunshine of Your Love, Strange Brew, Born Under A Bad Sign. Whoa is right!

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

    Yes, I told you that the light goes up and down.Don't you notice how the wheel goes 'round?And you better pick yourself up from the groundBefore they bring the curtain down,Yes, before they bring the curtain down.


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