A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 141: Sunday God Quote – Dylan

dylan 1981
“It’s the ways of the flesh to war against the spirit
Twenty-four hours a day, you can feel it and you can hear it”

Bob Dylan had his so-called “Christian phase” in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The preachy tone and in-your-face Gospel message in his songs from that time was too much for many fans. Yet the astute listener must acknowledge that Dylan has always been preachy and in-your-face. Whether it is his folky protest songs or  far-out beat poetry or country blues or electric soul or any other way Dylan gets his song-craft out into the world, he has never been shy or avoided any confrontation in his lyrics.  How “put off” you are by his words depends on whether or not you are part of the choir he happens to be preaching to at the time.

The song “Solid Rock” from his 1980 album Saved is one of my favorites of his overt-Christian oeuvre. It combines Rock of Ages lyrics with the rollicking Dylan sound of the Rolling Thunder Review era. This is Rock-n-Gospel-Roll at its finest presented by a preacher worth listening to…

Solid Rock

Well, I’m hangin’ on
To a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
And I won’t let go, and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go no more
For me, He was chastised, for me, He was hated
For me, he was rejected by a world that He created
Nations are angry, cursed are some
People are expecting a false peace to come
Well, I’m hangin’ on
To a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
And I won’t let go, and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go no more
It’s the ways of the flesh to war against the spirit
Twenty-four hours a day, you can feel it and you can hear it
Using every angle under the sun
And He never give up ’til the battle’s lost or won
Well, I’m hangin’ on
To a solid rock
Made before the foundation of the world
Won’t let go and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go
Won’t let go and I can’t let go no more
Below is a link to a live version of “Solid Rock”. It is truly is amazing. Give it a watch/listen:

One thought on “A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 141: Sunday God Quote – Dylan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s