1. Long the hunters have prepared their steel. The priests and elders gather for the kill. Still they must delay,
ready for the prey,
knowing clearly the conclusion.

2. People longed to find a superman
to drive the enemy right off their land. Jesus wasn't right,
didn't want to fight;
offered love - they didn't want that.

3. Crooked witnesses with lies to tell could not agree, but still the verdict fell. No-one made a stand
for this blameless man.
Jesus, y ou had no defenders.

4. Peter, waiting in the yard below, three times denied him,
saying, 'I don't know!'
Yes, he was afraid of a serving maid. Suddenly the cock was crowing.
And we're no different than they were then; always try to save our own skin.
Lord, have mercy on us,
like you had mercy on them.

5. Heissentencedtothesinner'sfate;
his crime, compassion. Now he feels their hate. Seemingly so weak, doesn't even speak,
here's the lamb and here's the slaughter. (Chorus)

The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were afraid of the people, and so they were trying to find a way of putting Jesus to death secretly. Luke 22:2

1987. When I'm unsure of what work I should be doing, and initiative is conspicuously absent from my life, I write a lot of songs. This was true in 1976, my first year as a parish worker, and in 1987, my last full year as a lay worker with tertiary students. I was thinking of Bob Dylan's style of writing when I was working on this song, and I suspect both the lyrics and music reflect that influence.


2019 - a big year 

July 26 1949 Robin Mann was born, 9th child of Arthur & Elsie Mann

November 5 1949 Dorothy Stiller was born, 4th child of Hugo & Valmai Stiller

December 20 1969 Robin & Dorothy were married at Christ Church Lutheran, Murray Bridge

So, in 2019 we have some special anniversaries to celebrate. Apart from a trip in Turkey in May, we're still working on other ideas. A night of music seems to be a likely starter.