Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

19. U2 – “Peace on Earth”

Why it’s on the list… Like so few holiday tunes and so many U2 tunes, it’s refreshing in it’s candor.

Selected lyrics:

“Heaven on Earth/

We need it now/

I’m sick of all of this/

Hanging around/

Sick of sorrow/

Sick of pain/

Sick of hearing again and again/

That there’s gonna be/

Peace on Earth/

…Jesus can you take the time/

To throw a drowning man a line?/

…Jesus this song you wrote/

The words are sticking in my throat/

Peace on Earth/

Hear it every Christmas time/

But hope and history won’t rhyme/

So what’s it worth…?”



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One response

8 12 2010

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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