Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

[Easter Sunday]

The Crucifixion
song by Phil Ochs

And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie
'Til the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
The planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
But they all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
With the speed of insanity, then he dies.

In the green fields a turnin', a baby is born
His cries crease the wind and mingle with the morn
An assault upon the order, the changing of the guard
Chosen for a challenge that is hopelessly hard
And the only single sound is the sighing of the stars
But to the silence and distance they are sworn

    So dance dance dance
    Teach us to be true
    Come dance dance dance
    'Cause we love you

Images of innocence charge him go on
But the decadence of destiny is looking for a pawn
To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate
And a blinding revelation is laid upon his plate
That beneath the greatest love is a hurricane of hate
And God help the critic of the dawn.

So he stands on the sea and he shouts to the shore,
But the louder he screams, the longer he's ignored
For the wine of oblivion is drunken to the dregs
And the merchants of the masses almost have to be begged
'Til the giant is aware, someone's pulling at his leg,
And someone is tapping at the door.

    To dance dance dance
    Teach us to be true
    Come dance dance dance
    'Cause we love you

Then his message gathers meaning and it spreads across the land
The rewarding for his fame is the following of the man
But ignorance is everywhere and people have their way
Success is an enemy to the losers of the day
In the shadows of the churches, who knows what they pray
For blood is the language of the band.

The Spanish bull is beaten; the crowd is soon beguiled,
The matador is beautiful, a symphony of style
Excitement is ecstatic, passion places bets
Gracefully he bows to ovations that he gets
But the hands that are applauding are slippery with sweat
And saliva is falling from their smiles

    So dance dance dance
    Teach us to be true
    Come dance dance dance
    'Cause we love you

Then this overflow of life is crushed into a liar
The gentle soul is ripped apart and tossed into the fire.
First a smile of rejection at the nearness of the night
Truth becomes a tragedy limping from the light
All the heavens are horrified, they stagger from the sight
As the cross is trembling with desire.

You say you can't believe it, it's a sacrilegious shame
Who would want to hurt such a hero of the game?
But you know I predicted it; I knew he had to fall
How did it happen? I hope his suffering was small.
Tell me every detail, I've got to know it all,
And do you have a picture of the pain?

    Come dance dance dance
    Teach us to be true
    Come dance dance dance
    'Cause we love you

Time takes her toll and the memory fades
but his glory is growing in the magic that he made.
Reality is ravaged; it's the freeing from the fear
The drama is distorted, to what they want to hear
Swimming in their sorrow, in the twisting of a tear
As they wait for a new thrill parade.

Yes, the eyes of the rebel have been branded by the blind
To the safety of sterility, the thrill has been refined
A child was created, to the slaughterhouse he's led
So good to be alive when the eulogy is read
The climax of emotion, the worship of the dead
And the cycle of sacrifice unwinds.

    So dance dance dance
    Teach us to be true
    Come dance dance dance
    'Cause we love you

And the night comes again to the circle studded sky
The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie
Then the universe explodes as a falling star is raised
The planets are paralyzed, the mountains are amazed
But we all glow brighter from the brilliance of the blaze
With the speed of insanity, then he dies.
Tags: lent: 2006: daily poetry, poetry: lent: 2006
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