Wednesday, June 8, 2011

If Religion Was A Thing That Money Could Buy

In 1990, Paul McCartney covered the traditional spiritual, All My Trials. At the time, some saw it as an indictment of the Thatcher regime. The official video, which is embedded here, shows scenes of homeless people. There is also a live performance video of the song by Paul, and an very brief interview excerpt where Sr. Paul talks about the song and its political implications. I also have the lyrics below

In 2011 many state budgets in the U.S. are tight, and social programs that help the most needy and vulnerable in our society are subject to deep cuts. Representative Paul Ryan, a devotee of the Apostle of Selfishness, Ayn Rand, introduced a plan that would essentially dismantle Medicare as we know it.

This is a time for us to figure out whose side we are on, the wealthy and powerful, or those on the margins.










THERE'S ONLY ONE THING THAT MONEY CAN'T BUY,
TRUE LOVE THAT WILL NEVER DIE, OH NO, NO.
ALL MY TRIALS, LORD,
SOON BE OVER.

IF RELIGION WAS A THING THAT MONEY COULD BUY,
WELL, THE RICH WOULD LIVE AND THE POOR WOULD DIE, WO-OH.
ALL MY TRIALS, LORD,
SOON BE OVER.

AH -
AH -

THE RIVER OF JORDAN IS CHILLY AND COLD, YEAH-HEY-YEAH,
CHILLS THE BODY BUT NOT THE SOUL, YEAH, OH.
ALL MY TRIALS, LORD,
SOON BE OVER.

ALL MY TRIALS, LORD,
SOON BE OVER.

ALL MY TRIALS, LORD,
SOON BE OVER.

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