JOHN AND JESUS Peter
Of John and Jesus, the rise and the fall -
John was the prophet, the greatest of all
And Jesus the saviour whom God did send
They had the same message and came to the same sudden end.
John kept to basics in food and in dress
He made his home out in the wilderness
The down and the out were his neighbours there
He showed us a way when we didn
't know where to begin.
He said: Come on everyone to the river to drown
To be tumbled and tossed, turned upside down
Change your heart, come clear your mind
And find your feet on new ground.
One day the Pharisees came from the town –
' men in their fancy gowns
And John he said - "you
're a brood of snakes
You know every law but not what it takes to be good!"
He spoke without fear and news of him spread
The poor, like children, came to hear what he said
giving them stones, he gave them bread
They fed on the truth - every word that he said said it all.
John gave a warning- "destruction is due!"
The people asked him - "just what should we do?"
've got two coats then one is to share
If you have power, be sure you are fair to the poor."
You know that Jesus, when he came along
He went straight to the river to be baptised by John
He took his place where John took his stand
Brought news of a Kingdom where the poor of the land could belong.
Herod the King liked to hear John speak
What he said made him nervous but he sure was unique
Then John criticised his plans to rewed
So they put him in prison - before very long John was dead.
And how many people since Jesus and John
Spoke out the truth and soon were gone
After naming the names of the snakes in the pile
gone - but just for a while.
"What did you go to the desert to see?
Was it a reed shaking in the breeze?" "
Oh no it was a wiry tree
Growing up strong in a place where a tree shouldn
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