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Songs of Sacrilege: Jesus Was a Wino by Lydia Loveless

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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 Song of Sacrilege is Jesus Was a Wino by Lydia Loveless.

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Well, some days you wake up,
Life feels meaningless.
You don’t even have
the strength to get up and get dressed.
Then when you do,
you see your clothes are all torn to shreds.
And you can’t even afford to buy a needle and thread.
So you might go to church
to bow your head and pray
But that ain’t always enough to get it through the day
Sometimes you’ll feel bitter
You figure this priest is a mooch
And you might just take all of your tithes
to a bottle of hooch.
And if people knew, they would look down on you
Don’t they know that it’s true:
Jesus was a wino, too.

Plus, people may ask, “Why have your lips turned black?”
“Hey, what the hell is so funny, man?
Why have your eyes gone slack?”
They’re gonna feel high and mightier to you
And I can barely stand
I’ll just tell them I couldn’t turn down one more glass of the blood of the lamb

Because if people knew, they would call me a fool
I wish they knew it was true
Jesus was a wino, too

And this here six-dollar bottle is just about all that I can afford
And if I can’t find a corkscrew
I’ll just smash it open right here on the floor
And you might call me crazy
For lapping this off the ground
But a few years ago I would be drinkin’ with Jesus right now
‘Cause they may not have had Carlo Rossi way back in His day
Jesus had only water but he turned it to wine anyway

And nobody asked, “What would Jesus do?”
‘Cause everybody knew
Jesus was a wino too

No, nobody asked, “What would Jesus do?”
‘Cause everybody knew
Jesus was a wino too

Oooh, uh huh
Uh huh.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 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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    DavidTees DoseofTruth

    You’re familiar with the play/movie ” ‘night, Mother”? Jesse’s character at one point says “Jesus was a suicide, if you ask me!” which of course horrifies her mother.

    Since being introduced to the play in high school (maybe college, not sure) I’ve pondered that statement, and I’ve yet to find a flaw in the logic. Even by Biblical accounts, Jesus made a deliberate choice to bring his life to an end and made a deliberate choice to not exercise any of multiple opportunities to bring about a different outcome. So how was his crucifixion not the first-century equivalent of “suicide by cop’?

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    Lydia has a song called “Heaven”: here

    Song by Lydia Loveless
    Well, here comes the beer on a cloud
    Something to say to the crowd
    Well, we built a wall in between us
    Lock it up
    Cause here comes a guy wearing no shoes
    God, you can’t even die with nothing to lose
    Well, now he’s mad about a fit I threw
    When I met you, honey, I thought I had found release relief
    And we could stay together
    But paradise is only for the weakling
    No one goes to heaven
    No one goes to heaven
    Oh, we’re at the mercy of men’s fevered dreams
    Every night He doesn’t visit me
    Cause God doesn’t ever
    Ever really speak to she’s
    And I’m coming down now
    I thought I would be okay
    But everything just happens
    Everything is an accident, man
    No one goes to heaven
    No one goes to heaven
    We built a wall in between us
    Keep it down
    When I see you at the gate
    And God it’s been forever
    But like a stranger, you just turn away
    Cause no one goes to heaven
    I thought I had found release relief
    And we could be together
    But paradise is only for the weak, man
    No one goes to heaven, no!
    No one goes to heaven, no!

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