Not far from Jerusalem

In the context of events this week and in the context of our Return of the King Series, here are the lyrics of Martyn Joseph’s “Not far from Jerusalem.”

Power has won another round
Freedom’s shaking, gagged and bound
But we’re not so far away
And all these mighty little men
Proclaiming dollars, sterling, yen
But we’re saving for the day

These are days of selfish dreams
Troubled Kings and beauty Queens
So far away
From all those decomposing towns
Where starving hands claw the ground
Straining for the day

And judges break the law and there’s no fair play anymore
We’re a snarl away from war but not far from Jerusalem

We’re not far from Jerusalem
But still it seems so far away
And when the heavens crack and the sky turns black
I need to hear you say
You’re not far from the city
Your only hope, the holy hope
I am looking to Jerusalem the gold

I hear the ocean foam with rage
As they crown the imbecile as sage
But we’re not so far away
And when the hospitals have gone
And as the party dances on
We’ll be yearning for the day

Power has won another round
Freedom’s shaking, gagged and bound
But we’re not so far away
And all these mighty little men
Proclaiming dollars, sterling, yen
But we’re saving for the day

Then you’ll step out of the sky
As clouds like cymbals crash and cry
That’s when we’ll see Jerusalem

We’re not far from Jerusalem
But still it seems so far away
And when the heavens crack and the sky turns black
I need to hear you say
You’re not far from the city
Your only hope, the holy hope
I am looking to Jerusalem the gold

1988 – Martyn Joseph/ Stewart and Carol Henderso

 

 

 

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