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Category: Music Mondays

Music Monday: Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)


In honor of the holy Martin Luther King, Jr., here is a second song for this Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Why? (The King of Love Is Dead)” by Nina Simone

“Turn the other cheek
He’d plead.
Love thy neighbor
Was his creed.
Pain, humiliation, death
He did not dread.

With his Bible at his side
From his foes he did not hide
It’s hard to think
That this great man is dead.”


Music Monday: Changes

“Changes” by 2Pac

“I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhere
unless we share with each other. We gotta start makin’ changes.
Learn to see me as a brother ‘stead of 2 distant strangers.
And that’s how it’s supposed to be.
How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me?”

Music Monday: I’d Rather Have Jesus

“I’d Rather Have Jesus” by Loretta Lynn

“I’d rather have Jesus
Than silver and gold
I’d rather be His
Than have riches untold
I’d rather have Jesus
Than houses or land
I’d rather be led
By His nail pierced hand

Than to be a queen of a vast domain
And to be held in sin’s great sway,
I’d rather have Jesus
Than anything this world accords today.”

Music Monday: Ghetto Gospel

“Ghetto Gospel” by 2Pac

“If I upset you don’t stress never forget
That God isn’t finished with me yet.
I feel His hand on my brain when I write rhymes
I go blind and let the Lord do His thing.

But am I less holy ‘cuz I chose to puff a blunt
And drink a beer with my homies?
Before we find world peace we gotta find peace
And end the war in the streets.”

Music Monday: King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3

“King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2 & 3” by Neutral Milk Hotel

“I love you Jesus Christ.”

Music Monday: My God

“My God” by Crashdog

“My God doesn’t hand out disease as a punishment.
My God doesn’t look with joy on your torment.
My God doesn’t draw back His hand from any child.
My God lives to touch and heal and reconcile.”

Music Monday: You Can’t Be a Beacon

“You Can’t Be a Beacon” by Donna Fargo

“There’s a little light in all of us by God’s design,
But you can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.”

Music Monday: Jesus Christ

“Jesus Christ” by Woody Guthrie

“Jesus Christ was a man who traveled through the land,
A hard-working man and brave.
He said to the rich, ‘Give your money to the poor,’
But they laid Jesus Christ in His grave.”

Music Monday: A Good Name

“A Good Name” by Shad

“I’ve got a good name, my first name came from slave in
In no time got promoted to the king’s right hand,
But no hype man, had to take the right stand.
When the king made a statue of gold he told the whole nation
That they had to bow down to it.
That, or get tossed in the furnace,
Shad and his boys said “Boss, you can burn us.”
We can’t serve this statue, it’s worthless.
The king was mad but Shadrach wasn’t nervous.
It must have been some strange phenomenon,
They walked straight through the fire, Chaka Khan.
Saved by faith stronger than flame,
If I’m half as great then I honour my name.
I’ve got a good name.”

Music Monday: Arise, O God

“Arise, O God” by Panagia Koukouzelissa Choir together with Fr. Demetri Kounavis

“Judge for the orphan and the poor man. Do justice to the humble and the pauper…rescue the poor man and the needy from the hand of the sinner. Arise, O God, and judge the Earth for Thou shalt have an inheritance among all the nations.”