A music hall of fame for Easter

© Jeremy Gaunt

The task before my music group was tricky: come up with rock/blues/pop/jazz tracks that reference Easter and the crucifixion in some direct or tenuous way but are not Christian songs (eg hymns or gospel).

The idea (as with Passover) was to induct them into our musical hall of fame. The winners are:

“Sympathy for the Devil” — The Rolling Stones — I was round when Jesus Christ had his moment doubt and shame

“Calvary Cross” — Richard Thompson — Everything you do/Everything you do/
You do for me

“The Cross” Prince — Ghettos to the left of us/Flowers to the right/There’ll be bread for all of us/If we can just bear the cross

“Roll Away the Stone” — Mott the Hoople — Won’t you roll away the stone/Why be cold and so alone?/Won’t you roll away the stone/Don’t you let it die

“I am the Resurrection” — The Stone Roses — I am the resurrection and I am the life/I couldn’t ever bring myself to hate you as I’d like

“Resurrection Shuffle” — Ashton, Gardner & Dyke — Now you’re getting vibrations/All down to your feet/That’s the brow beating/Heavy leather/
Resurrection beat

“Dig, Lazarus, Dig” — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — But Larry grew increasingly neurotic and obscene/I mean, he, he never asked to be raised up from the tomb/I mean no one ever actually asked him to forsake his dreams

“When Jesus Came to Play” — Jethro Tull — Well, maybe he was Jesus/
But his hair could have used a comb/Long before he hit the last notes/ We boys had all gone home

“Easter “ — Patti Smith Group — Isabella, all is glowing/Isabella, all is knowing/Isabella, we are dying/Isabella, we are rising

“Jesus Christ Pose” — Soundgarden — And you stare at me/In your Jesus Christ pose/Arms held out/Like you’ve been carrying a load

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