Song of the South: Gospel Shoes

This past weekend, I was blessed to see Mandolin Orange, a locally grown bluegrass/Americana band at the Hayti Center with my cousin Michelle.  Also, I was able to join a number of people raising their voices about the need to stand for racial equality and justice in a post-Trump America at a rally in Raleigh.

Because of the juxtaposition, I was struck particularly by the challenge of one of Mandolin Orange’s songs, “Gospel Shoes”, which I want to share this morning.

So much of the prejudice faced by minorities here in the south-land, which we progressives raise our voices against, comes under the thinly-veiled veneer of religious faith.   Because of this I find this song a fitting challenge for all of us, especially progressive people of faith.

Hope it challenges you as well as you begin your week.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

 

Gospel Shoes
Some set their heads to swimming, nothing to lose
And drift about the good times with slippers in their boots
Some walk the straight and narrow, only passing through.
Gospel Shoes are laced with shackles and chains
Fitted for the poor, the runners of the race
Now every hand is folded to the shape of a gun
The targets ever changing but the war, it rages on

So the armies march onward for the Mother and the Son
As this world of screaming color is bleached in the blood.

Freedom was a simple word, so reverent and true
A long time ago it meant the right to choose
Who you love and how to live, but now it’s so misused
And twisted by the politics of men in gospel shoes.

So the armies march onward for the Mother and the Son
As this world of screaming color is bleached in the blood.

 

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