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#1177777 - 06/16/21 10:06 AM Reverend Bob  
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Just some fun with a fire and brimstone preacher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xXdDqUxqTk&ab_channel=JohnVoorpostel

Again, just me and my song...going anywhere??...updated video



Reverend Bob

Reverend Bobís preaching fire and brimstone
At sinners in thundering tones
Pointing his finger in judgement on Sundays
His sermon says Iím not alone
But Iíve tuned out the noise, Iíve learned to enjoy
Everything that he says I do wrong
Thereís pleasure in sin, at least those I indulge in
Some with utter abandon

I sit in the back but I know he still sees me
I slip in, Iím never on time
Something about burning a candle at both ends
And drinking on Saturday nights
But the choirís a joy they make beautiful noise
For a song Iíll straighten up in my pew
Especially when Kate sings those beautiful hymns
I think of the things we could do

We all have our church
Imagine our heaven
We all have to find the signs that guide us on our way
We all hear the words
That help us to Heaven
But Lord I have found not every road can be straight

If I had a dime every time Reverend Bob
Shook his fist and said ďsinners repentĒ
Iíd have me enough to be generous in giving
And still have enough left to drink
Alas thereís a cost, he says Heaven is lost
To the wicked, the wanton, the drunk
Iím sure that he means me, heís looking right at me
Iím feeling the lash of his tongue

br
So thank you Reverend Bob
For pointing out in words
Repentance is the surest way to Heaven
But before I can repent
I must commit a sin
So Iím working hard oh so hard to get to Heaven

ch


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#1177779 - 06/16/21 12:56 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Thanks for sharing such an intricate story...

When I was a teenager in the 70's Reverand Bob used to come in to the gas station I worked at in Burbank & I'd fill his gas tank up...

Reverand Bob told me a story that never left me of when he was younger & he saw a hot chick and rubber necked looking at her and took his eyes off the road and crashed into the car in front of him...

That story was his way of preaching to a young teenager to watch out for women, they will take your eyes off the road, and you just could be headed for a terrible crash...

Wish I'd of listened better.... sick


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#1177798 - 06/17/21 12:45 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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I actually have a fun lyric based on exactly that happening...but it wasn't my day & St Pete sent me back ===with a twist. I plan to record it and use a video I created for it...one of my outstandings

Reverend Bob is a total caricature for me...and really the tale is about me and sinning my way to forgiveness and redemption....dealt with in a hopefully humorous way

Thanks for listening in..


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#1177844 - 06/20/21 03:38 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Hey there John.............Love the song. I like the video, as well.
Good lyrics, man!
Good luck in the comp......I like that one, too.
-T

#1177871 - 06/21/21 11:36 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Thank FerrousJoint smile

And good luck with EAEOTF in the contest too -T Been submitting lyrics to the Muse monthly contests but song submissions have been more recent. I think this is my third maybe fourth submission

The quality of submissions is stellar and what sets this contest apart is the notes people take and add to their posts. I expect that is a by product of focused attention on listening and reading the lyric..and taking those spontaneous in the moment thoughts, or just the feeling you get when you've just heard a good song...and putting that into writing


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#1177895 - 06/22/21 04:55 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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John, this is excellent writing. You nail what goes on and the thinking of people perfectly.

Steve


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#1177903 - 06/22/21 07:56 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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I always like songs that can find the humor in religion. I enjoyed this. I really like the joke it's built on.

I think this kind of humorous song benefits from internal rhymes, and you have some good ones, but a few more possibilities occurred to me as I listened (both internal and external).

Especially when Kim sings those beautiful hymns

If I had a dime for every time
Reverend Bob shouted, ďsinners repentĒ
Iíd have me enough to be generous in giving
And plenty for beer left to spend

Just some things that occurred to me. Fine as it is smile

#1177920 - 06/23/21 08:36 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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John,

I think many will/can relate to these lyrics--and although rationalizing and procrastinating may be kind of like playing Russian Roulette...........huh? But a sinner that admits his sins and tries improving is better off than a sinner that completely ignores one's virtuous goals----huh?

I enjoyed your song and a good theme.

steady-eddie

#1177974 - 06/25/21 10:04 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Thank you Steve...nice to hear the lyric nails it.


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#1178298 - 07/05/21 03:41 PM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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I really like and enjoyed this one, John. Well written. Thanks for pointing me to this one.

#1178311 - 07/06/21 11:32 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Thanks Gavin...glad you appreciate the humour in this and the "joke"

It was a fun write ...and really started as making fun of a fire and brimstone preacher...then morphed into something a little more on its way to "the joke" as I realized the connection between repentance and forgiveness really has to start with sin.

Cheers


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#1178312 - 07/06/21 11:40 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Hi Eddie

One could definitely read seriousness into this because of the theme....and it can definitely spawn a fruitful discussion about redemption ...ie who achieves a higher state of grace...the "goody tooshoes (is that how it is spelled???) who never sinned and is full of self righteousness, or the sinner who repents? There is the story of "the penitant thief" who was crucified alongside Jesus.

I have no answers of course, but like I said, some could ead more into this than intended

Cheers


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#1178313 - 07/06/21 11:46 AM Re: Reverend Bob [Re: John Voorpostel]  
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Hi Marilyn

First off, I see you are also a really cool artist from your Youtube channel....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvJSgZDBHLI&ab_channel=marilynoakley

Going to dig into this more when I have more time. I scanned the video though and it has definite appeak

And thank you for checking this one out..just had to point you to it when saw Hell Fire & Brimstone on your play list

Cheers


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