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.


2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.