This song finds Finn exploring his Catholic upbringing and the Christian concept of having Jesus as a friend.
This was a hit despite being ignored by radio stations as they deemed the song to be uncool.
It’s a song about the hypocrisy in the world, and I’m saying that when I come through, I’m bringing the truth.
Lazarus is a character in the Gospel of John that was restored to life four days after his death by Jesus Christ. It is not clear why Bowie referenced the Biblical name in the song title (the word “Lazarus” doesn’t appear in the lyrics).
This is what might be called a modern, arpeggiated folk hymn. The phrase, from John, 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Christian Bible but regarded by scholars as one of the most profound.
Woody Guthrie had a talent for taking historical events and turning them into thought-provoking songs. Here, he sings about how Jesus Christ stood up for the poor and downtrodden.
The lyrics are a telling of the story in the Bible, Luke 8:22-25, in which Jesus calms a storm while he and his disciples are at sea. This song (like the story) proves the power of love.
This song started out as a hymn written in 1885 by the Rev. Carl Boberg, a Swedish evangelist, who set it to a Swedish folk melody.
According to Johnny Cash, he wrote the music and words to this song during a 1968 tour he and his wife June Carter Cash did in Israel. On the way to Tiberius in the car in a few minutes he wrote this song.