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23 April 2009

TENNESSEE

Can't get this Arrested Development song out of my head.



Lord I've really been real stressed
Down and out, losin ground
Although I am black and proud
Problems got me pessimistic
Brothers and sisters keep messin up
Why does it have to be so damn tuff?
I don't know where I can go
To let these ghosts out of my skull
My grandmas past, my brothers gone
I never at once felt so alone
I know you're supposed to be my steering wheel
Not just my spare tire
But lord I ask you
To be my guiding force and truth
For some strange reason it had to be
He guided me to Tennessee

Take me to another place
Take me to another land
Make me forget all that hurts me
Let me understand your plan

Lord it's obvious we got a relationship
Talkin to each other every night and day
Although you're superior over me
We talk to each other in a friendship way
Then outta nowhere you tell me to break
Outta the country and into more country
Past Dyesburg into Ripley
Where the ghost of childhood haunts me
Walk the roads my forefathers walked
Climbed the trees my forefathers hung from
Ask those trees for all their wisdom
They tell me my ears are so young
Go back to from whence you came
My family tree my family name
For some strange reason it and to be
He guided me to Tennessee

Now I see the importance of history
Why people be in the mess that they be
Many journeys to freedom made in vain
By brothers on the corner playin ghetto games
I ask you lord why you enlightened me
Without the enlightenment of all my folks
He said cuz I set myself on a quest for truth
And he was there to quench my thirst
But I am still thirsty...
The lord allowed me to drink some more
He said what I am searchin for are
The answers to all which are in front of me
The ultimate truth started to get blurry
For some strange reason it had to be
It was all a dream about Tennessee


What a powerful question. "I ask you lord why you enlightened me without the enlightenment of all my folks?"

God's answer is, "He said cuz I set myself on a quest for truth and he was there to quench my thirst"

It's an interesting mind game that we get teased with when we realize the whispered voice of the invisible God on whom we base our entire life... has led us into uneasy places. I was reading about Arrested Development and their role in the rap/hip hop world. Their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... is an absolute masterpiece with song like Mr Wendal and People Everyday... each of which I could/should blog about individually.

They sang about social justice, ignorance, poverty, racism (in a constructive way)... and became the butt of the gangsta rap revolution's jokes. They got a bit swallowed by the beast they were trying to slay.

"Arrested Development is really trying to make social change and economic change, and gangstas don't play a part in change because they don't control their own lives. They're being pimped by oppression, like most people are being pimped, but the gangstas are allowing it to happen"
Speech (Arrested Development)


Oh to pimp or not to pimp... that is the... oh never mind. But like a good prophetic word... it bore fruit in some of today's Erykah Badu/Lauren Hill types. If they had released "3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the life of..." (incidentally that's how long it took them to get a their music heard) now, I'd hazard a guess that they'd have been huge. But God led them into Tennessee for a time and reason.

Check out Mr. Wendal... it's a powerful song talking about an alternate line of thinking about the value of the homeless as actual human beings. It's fantastic.

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