Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A New Law

Yeah, that's what we need to make things work right - a new law! NOT!

I'm borrowing this from two other bloggers: 'Heather' and 'Shauna.' Shauna first posted the lyrics to this song and a link to the video, and Heather linked to her.

Derek Webb - A New Law

don’t teach me about politics and government
just tell me who to vote for
don’t teach me about truth and beauty
just label my music

don’t teach me how to live like a free man
just give me a new law

i don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me

i want a new law
i want a new law
gimme that new law

don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
i prefer a shot of grape juice

don’t teach me about loving my enemies
don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
just give me a new law

what’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
for one you can that cannot get you anything
do not be afraid
do not be afraid
do not be afraid


Shauna then added this quote from Webb from a recent RelevantMagazine.com article about some surprising reactions to the song:

I feel like the people who listen to my music understand me well enough to know when I'm being sarcastic. There were occasions from my last record when people would tell me about the song "A New Law"—that they totally agree with me that our main problem in the Church is that people are not giving us clear enough instruction, that we just need people to tell us more clearly what we're supposed to be doing, and that they really agree with me that we need a new set of laws that we could just keep. I didn't have the heart to [say] that's completely not the point. That entire song was total sarcasm. But that's the minority of people—I think most people hear songs like that and know where I'm coming from.

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