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.


Thanks ...

Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
Ray Shillabeer.
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.