Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Happy Christmas!

I Wish You A Happy Christmas!

The Rebel Jesus
by Jackson Browne

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season

And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children

And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes

Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God's graces

And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by 'the Prince of Peace'
And they call him by 'the Savior'

And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor

And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases

But they've turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber's den

In the words of the rebel Jesus

We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions

And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations

And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us

But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why they are poor

They get the same as the rebel Jesus

But please forgive me if I seem
To take the tone of judgement

For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment

In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
We have need for anything that frees us

So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer

From a heathen and a pagan

On the side of the rebel Jesus