Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I had heard Rufus Wainwright's song by this title and was immediatley struck by the beauty of the music. I struggle with the lyrics though. Some of the verses seem to be speaking about the struggles of living a Christian life, but others are a bit confusing, and as a result I always feel conflicted when I listen to it.  So I was very happy when I found this version, written to reflect the Passion and Resurrection of Christ.

If you would rather skip the intro, the song begins at 1:36.  Lyrics below the video.

A crown of thorns placed on his head
He knew that he would soon be dead
He said, did you forget me, Father, did you?
They nailed him to a wooden cross
Soon all the world would feel the loss
Of Christ the King before us, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

He hung his head and prepared to die
Then lifted his face up to the sky
Said, I am coming home now, Father, to you.
A reed which held his final sip
Was gently lifted to his lips
He drank his last and gave His soul to glory
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

The soldier who had used his sword
To pierce the body of our Lord
Said, truly this was Jesus Christ our savior.
He looked with fear upon his sword
Then turned to face his Christ, the Lord,
Fell to his knees crying, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Took from His head the thorny crown
And wrapped Him in a linen gown
And laid Him down to rest inside the tomb.
The holes in His hands, His feet, His side
Now in our hearts we know He died
To save us from ourselves, Oh, Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Three days went by, again they came
To move the stone, to bless the slain
With oil and spice anointing, Hallelujah.
But as they went to move the stone
They saw that they were not alone
The Jesus Christ is risen, Hallelujah!
Oh, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Halleluah!

No comments: