How far do you go?

Any votes for your album of the year? I’m torn because ther have been some good ones and a few great – one of which is “Pale Rider” by Ricky Ross (he of Deacon Blue).
I thought the 80s were the worst decade for rock/pop music and I took a 10-year sabbatical but some people have matured into songwriters you need to listen to.
Ricky Ross brought out Pale Rider earlier this year and it is shot through with lyrics that bring you up short. It’s possible to hear God in so much of this album and, as we get perilously close to Christmas, these lyrics are a great reminder of something really important … don’t let the Incarnation get swept away so that all we see is the cross.

Easter will come, has come, is still coming … but Christmas is still where God became human.
Spend time with this song. As Ricky says: “
i’m not even trying to get as far as calvary” … not yet. Take time to stop at the manger, to see the Lord appear to men.


calvary

it’s late in the year
and the leaves are fallen down and swept clear
and tonight i’m going to have start thinking hard
about christmas
how i don’t care
whether what we have happened here or there
or something wild and wonderful came out into
the sky just to please us

night fall’s still a broken step
this old mule’s legs
will take you many days from here
tired limbs and ruddy cheeks
will bandage up your aching hands and feet

i don’t need to know what everyone sees
different roads can take you where other paths lead

i’m not even trying to get as far as calvary

as the sun goes down
and the lights go up in hilltop towns
and the boys and girls are gathered in and asked
to make a wish come true
and i’m driving round
some bleak mid-winter tinseltown
i see you sleeping at the bus stop with nothing
but a blanket between the moon and you

the baby comes, folks don’t sleep
those shepherds keep
you up later than you meant to be
one child grows and people notice
he’s breaking chains
and making poor folks’ lives so heavenly
(the way it’s meant to be)

i don’t need to know what everyone sees
different roads can take you where other paths lead
i’m not even trying to get as far as calvary

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6 thoughts on “How far do you go?”

  1. I love your blog cybervicar. How long has it been on-line? Reason I ask is I am doing a ton of work in the area of resonator guitars and will probably end up starting a blog of my own. Funny how the internet brought me here when I was doing searches on resonator guitars. Oh well, I am glad it did. Keep up the great blogging and I am sure I will visit this post again!!

  2. Hey this blog is not about takamine guitars. Silly internet bringing me here 🙂 Funny I have been doing hours of research on takamine guitars and it brought me to your blog on this post. The web plays funny games sometimes. Anyways, I was reading your blog cybervicar and I think it is really cool. Keep up the great work.
    If you do not mind I may snag your blog and put it in my favorites. I read a ton of stuff that interested me. Keep blogging away 🙂

  3. Sad to say I just got back from a bowling tournament and decided to log in and do some websurfing. cybervicar I love your blog. I had some very good laughs. I am doing a paper on guitar tab and chords and have been downloading information for the last hour. I don’t know how I came across this post but I am glad I did. It has set me back a little because I have spent the last hour reading your archives. If you don’t mind I would like to add you to my favorites so I can back again and read some more. Well I need to get back to guitar tab and chords. I am almost finished with it. Great job.
    p.s some very good points on your blog

  4. What up cybervicar! I just finished up a ten hour work day and decided to kick back and do some surfing. So I grabbed myself a drink and stumbled across your blog while doing some research on christian guitars for a upcoming project I am doing. Well even though this post isn’t what I was looking for I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your doing a great job and please keep up the good work. Lots of people do not keep their blogs up to date :0) There are some very interesting view points stated here. Anyways I am going to grab the bull by the horns and continue to plug away at christian guitars. I have already bookmarked your blog. You many want to visit me at christian guitars. You never know you might see something you like! Again great job.

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  6. Sad to say I just got back from a bowling tournament and decided to log in and do some websurfing. cybervicar I love your blog. I had some very good laughs. I am doing a paper on d tune guitars and have been downloading information for the last hour. I don’t know how I came across this post but I am glad I did. It has set me back a little because I have spent the last hour reading your archives. If you don’t mind I would like to add you to my favorites so I can back again and read some more. Well I need to get back to d tune guitars. I am almost finished with it. Great job.
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