1.20.2009

A Savior on Capitol Hill

"A Savior on Capitol Hill"
by Derek Webb

I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies, scared of their friends
and always running for re-election
so come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill

you can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that friends you’d best beware
’cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill

[Bridge]
all of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit

you can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill

listen to the song here.

I stumbled onto this song this morning, and thought it was interesting. I'm still processing the lyrics, but on this historic day, it reminds me that my Savior never is, was, nor ever will be a politician. Jesus is my Savior and my God.

So, are you watching the inauguration today?

3 comments:

Matt W. said...

I'm a little curious as to the background of that song, either way, the main point is well taken, and well said. Like you, it will take me some time to process all of the lyrics, but the main thrust is a very good point.

To answer you, I won't be watching it live, but I'm sure I'll it 100,000,000 times or so in snippets here and there. (No, I'm not avoiding it, I'm just not going out of my way for it.)

Crystal G said...

I am. I'm planted on the couch, laptop in hand and talking to my mon on the phone. Got the TV on with the news on HD.

This is a moment that I want to remember forever.

Erin said...

I watched it in between customers at work. I just want to know why Aretha Franklin felt the need to leave out the words "Great God our King" while she was singing?