Jesus is for Losers

Here are a couple of songs from that great modern prophet and bard, Steve Taylor, who has not made any songs with his biting wit and insight for ever so long. Here are a couple of gems for my edification, and yours if you need it. The first is just selections from the lyrics; the second is the whole song.
Click on the title to hear ‘em. Click here for the entire album (and others). They rock; all of them figuratively, Squint literally.
Jesus is for Losers
Just as I am
I am stiff-necked and proud
Jesus is for losers
Why do I still play to the crowd?
Just as I am
Pass the compass, please
Jesus is for losers
I’m off about a hundred degrees
Just as I am
I am needy and dry
Jesus is for losers
The self-made need not apply
Just as I am
In a desert crawl
Lord, I’m so thirsty
Take me to the waterfall
The Finish Line
Once upon an average morn
An average boy was born for the second time
Prone upon the altar there
He whispered up the prayer he’d kept hid inside
The vision came
He saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
“These will vie to take your place, but Father,
by your grace I wil never kneel”
And I saw you, upright and proud
And I saw you wave to the crowd
And I saw you laughing out loud at the Philistines
And I saw you brush away rocks
And I saw you pull up your socks
And I saw you out of the blocks
For the finish line
Darkness falls
The devil stirs
And as your vision blurs you start stumbling
The heart is weak
The will is gone
And every strong conviction comes tumbling down
Malice rains
The acid guile is sucking at your shoes while the mud is fresh
It floods the trail
It bleeds you dry
As every little god buys its pound of flesh
And I saw you licking your wounds
And I saw you weave your cocoons
And I saw you changing your tunes for the party line
And I saw you welsh on old debts
I saw you and your comrades bum cigarettes
And you hemmed and you hawed
And you hedged all your bets
Waiting for a sign
Let’s wash our hands as we throw little fits
Let’s all wash our hands as we curse hypocrites
We’re locked in the washroom turning old tricks
Deaf
And joyless
And full of it
The vision came
He saw the odds
A hundred little gods on a gilded wheel
“These have tried to take your place, but Father,
by your grace I will never kneel
I will never kneel…”
Off in the distance
Bloodied but wise
As you squint with the light of the truth in your eyes
And I saw you
Both hands were raised
And I saw your lips move in praise
And I saw you steady your gaze
For the finish line
Every idol like dust
A word scattered them all
And I rose to my feet when you scaled the last wall
And I gasped
When I saw you fall
In his arms
At the finish line
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Jesus is for losers like me.

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2 thoughts on “Jesus is for Losers

  1. Steve was a bonafide CCM artist in the 1980′s, for whatever that is worth, though he often caused controversy, I think, for good reasons. He is a master of satire that skewers people who need skewering and he often called Christians to faithfulness, often having a lot of fun doing it. I would recommend checking out this site which has much of his music online, except now for the stuff which has become newly available for sale again.
    http://www.onfritz.com/TaylorDownloads.html
    Musically, he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s got some good words. To the best of my musical knowledge he moves from kind of a new wave pop in the 1980′s to harder rock in the 1990′s. He spent most of the 1990′s producing music for bands like the Newsboys, Sixpence None the Richer, Chevelle, L.A. Symphony. The latter two were part of his stable at Squint Entertainment, which also produced a great Waterdeep album. Sadly that label succumbed to the dog eat disc world of the music business. That sad story is here:
    http://www.tollbooth.org/2003/features/staylor.html
    And recently he is producing movies. His dream project “St. Gimp” is still in the pipeline. In the meantime he has been working on another movie, which is discussed here on Jeffrey Overstreet’s site:
    http://lookingcloser.blogspot.com/2005/12/steve-taylors-movie-starring-michael-w.html#comments

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