MANKIND’S EXCUSE:
WE JUST NEVER UNDERSTOOD
James Robert Deal © May 3, 2020
In the style of a Southern Black Spiritual

 

  1. Some day the Lord will come. That’s what the good book has said, and

He’ be punish’ the wicked and rewardin’ the good.

And most of those remaining will be wishing they was dead.

Ashamed that they’d failed to do unto others.

They’ll be makin’ up excuses. They’ll be   makin’ up excuses.

They’ll be making up excuses, sayin’ – “We just never understood.”

 

  1. There was a wise man down here. He was teaching his truth.

Matthew wrote his words down. Unfortunately they were later burnt.

Mark who spoke a different language, but doin’ the best he could.

Mark who never even met him, wrote again third-hand.

And so it ain’t no surprise.  And so it ain’t no surprise.

And so it ain’t no great big surprise. He wrote it down half wrong.

 

  1. You sent us other prophets. You sent us messiahs and priestesses.

Why, the one who came last year SHE won, A Nobel prize for peace!

But they all are speakin’ esoteric languages  that we don’t understand.

They are specialists too narrow to teach the overview.

And so it ain’t no surprise,  And so it ain’t no surprise.

And so it ain’t no great big surprise. We still don’t understand.

 

  1. But there be some of us that’s trying to do your will.

And so we think we have some right to ask one question still.

Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, with all due respect, Lord.

Lord, if it was all so important – that we understand,

Lord if it was all so important, – why didn’t you make it clear?

 

  1. But there be some of us that’s trying to do your will.

And so we would presume to make one final request.

Lord, Lord, Lord, Lord, with all due respect.

Lord, if it is all so important – that we understand,

Lord, even at this late date in time,

Please couldn’t you make it clear?

 

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