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Songs of Sacrilege: Midnight Choir by Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers

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This is the latest installment in the Songs of Sacrilege series. This is a series that I would like readers to help me with. If you know of a song that is irreverent towards religion, makes fun of religion, pokes fun at sincerely held religious beliefs, or challenges the firmly held religious beliefs of others, please send me an email.

Today’s Songs of Sacrilege is MIdnight Choir by Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers.

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Lyrics

The doors to the mission open at seven
And the soup will be ready about nine
Right now it’s six-thirty, they’re ragged and dirty
They’re standin’ and sittin’ and layin’ in line

First they’ll do a little singin’, then hear a little preachin’
And get saved for the 3rd time this week
A bowl of soup later and a pat on the shoulder
And by midnight, they’re back on the street

They walk to the corner of 4th street and Broadway
Then take the first alley on the right
One of them asks a stranger, “How ’bout a hand”?
And he gives ’em one finger at a time

Then they spot an old buddy with a bottle of heaven
Then pass around what means everything
One bottle for four, thank God, someone scored
And now the midnight choir starts to sing

Will they have Mogen David in Heaven?
Dear Lord, we’d all like to know
Will they have Mogen David in Heaven, sweet Jesus?
If they don’t, who the hell wants to go?

Will they have Mogen David in Heaven?
Dear Lord, we’d all like to know
Will they have Mogen David in Heaven, sweet Jesus?
If they don’t, who the hell wants to go?
If they don’t, who the hell wants to go, dear good God?

Will they have Mogen David in Heaven?
Dear Lord, we’d all like to know
Will they have Mogen David in Heaven, sweet Jesus?
If they don’t, who the hell wants to go?

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Bruce Gerencser, 64, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 43 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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