….no? – oops! Oh well I did one anyway. This months track is called “The real Jesus” or perhaps otherwise known as “Stained glass window”. Originally sung at our Jesus Army youth event called RAW back in 2007 when RAW all started for some reason this song didn’t really get much attention (I believe “someone” decided it was a bit camp) and it just faded into the history books – well we’ve brought it back…..
The more astute amongst you may have noticed that actually there’s already a live recording of this track on our Soundcloud site but this version is……well….different. To be fair the original version was a bit limp-wristed, it wasn’t really intended that way but (particularly the chorus) ended up there, so I’ve given it a bit more balls and focus.
The track was originally written to express the frustration of working out being Christian (nothing camp about that!) when we’re surround by so much stuff, opinion, ideas, ideals and imagery etc etc that have built up over centuries. In the second verse it talks about realising that we can’t just carry on being swan like looking all serene and pretending everything’s run swimmingly (pun UN-intended) when actually we’re busy padding furiously under the water and making a mess of it all and bridge expresses a determination to find Jesus and stick with it even it “crosses” (pun intended) some of our natural apathy.
I don’t normally post the words up but since I’ve been at this one with a particularly large hammer I thought I would this time:
I want to break the stained glass window, see through the stereotypes.
I want to push past all the false Messiahs of shallow “Christian” hype
I want to get beyond my own desires of what You’ll say to me
And listen to Your real words, Jesus,
Whatever those words…..
Whatever they may be
I’m gonna find you, not gon’ be blinded
Yeah I must met the man with scars
Oh I’m wanna know you
Quittin’ all my hiding to discover who you are
I want to slam the door on my fantasies, stop lying to myself.
I’ve got to stop pretending all is well, in a life of sin by stealth.
Not going to try and make a heaven from hell, with the pleasures of this earth
Abandon all, let me follow You, Jesus,
To Discover your…
Discover Your true worth
Yeah I will carry my cross daily
And I will kiss You if You slay me
Know You as you really are
At that rather gritty stuff said I don’t think I have enjoyed doing a song as much as this one in all the time I’ve been in the studio (ok its only a year). It’s not often you listen to a song again after several days and still want to scream it at the top of your lungs (I mean lungs – your voice has well and truly gone if you sing this a few times….its a top A “don’t you know”) and are tapping your foot, nodding your head and playing air drums….I reckon if your walls are not shaking when you listen to this and Dave Evans doesn’t turn up round your house waving a db meter at you (excuse the private joke here) then you’re playing it too quiet.
On a somewhat more flippant note – Does anyone else hear “the man whiskers” whilst listening to it? – We cried laughing in the studio whilst doing this – but then it was midnight again.
Right….hit it! [audio:http://www.jesus.org.uk/gallery/albums/music/tracks/The-real-Jesus.mp3|titles=The real Jesus] as usual you can download the higher quality version here