THE REBEL JESUS Lyrics - Jackson Browne

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All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God's graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by 'the Prince of Peace'
And they call him by 'the Savior'
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they've turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel Jesus

Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There's a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

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This is it | Reviewer: Teeda | 7/27/14

This is it, this is the song that best represents the message and the challenge of the season - the message of Christ. Enjoy and reflect. We are all one in the struggle - the struggle to understand the gift of life and the struggle to survive the journey. Look at each other - we are more alike than we are different and that will always be true. Thank God for the pagan Jackson Browne. Thank God for Jesus.

Comment on Rebel Jesus | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/18/14

I believe that words are true. The song makes me cry every time I hear it. If I don't want to cry, I won't listen to it. There cannot be the melody without the words. There cannot be the words without the melody. They go in sync.

Gets you to think a lot about what Jesus said. | Reviewer: Frances | 12/12/12

Its a thought provoking song. I like it because it reminds me so much of Jesus and the way he lived. I know I could not live as Jesus and his disciples did. They suffered and I do not know why. He helped the sick & poor people & was given up to suffer. That is the real mystery of the cross. The goodness of Jesus is always forgotten by us.

Challenging Carol Relevant For Any Time | Reviewer: Diana | 12/23/11

I was taken aback by the lyrics and tune of this selection on the Chieftains album, and quickly it became one of my favorite seasonal songs. It sounds so totally Irish, in the direct manner of Celtic peoples, so I was surprised to learn it was written by Jackson Browne. Definitely a keeper, and I agree with the nice review by Brent.

refreshing | Reviewer: Brent | 12/20/11

Jackson Browne's twist on Christmas carols with lyrics that challenge our complacent approach to faith is beyond refreshing. The song fits well on the Chieftains Christmas recording and should give any serious Faith practitioner pause with that age old question: if Jesus came today, would I be one of those who would murder him? While I doubt anything about my theology or politics would line up very well with Mr. Browne, he asks a remarkable question. Have a wrestled with the real Jesus or do I prefer a helpless baby who stays in a manger and has little impact on my life, my treatment of others, my stewardship of this earth or my willingness to submit to God's leading. As with so many Jackson Browne songs, his subtle use of humor is spot on. And his message is solid without being heavy handed. Kudos to Mr. Browne. If you've not heard the Chieftains album (Bells of Dublin) containing this song, I can highly recommend it.

Jackson is real | Reviewer: doc preacher | 12/19/10

I've had the pleasure of meeting Jackson at various gigs and in various places and to answer the pretender yes, he is authentic and practices what he of the few voices of this generation that does, along with Bruce Cockburn, CSNY, and others. I'd suggest the pretender try to be less cynical and concentrate on bettering his own pathetic existence. Maybe then he will find out where the rest of us are and will learn how to do something for the greater good rather than just whining from his mothers basement.

Jeus loves Jackson Browne | Reviewer: candle | 7/4/08

We should be grateful for artists like Mr. Browne. He has put to deed his words, and anyway, poets "do" words that touch others and motivate them to action. Those like Jackson Browne are long overdue for a powerful popular comeback with the missional millenial generation.

He is one of the few artists that hasn't sold out. He is too honest for that. He isn't perfect, just human. Joni Mitchell is another.

Are you real? | Reviewer: the pretender | 5/9/08

I'd like to know if Jackson Browne gave the proceeds of this song to the poor? Do you practice what you preach? Do you have an alarm system on your ivory tower so as not to need guns to guard your fine possessions. Who are you Jackson Browne?

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