"Oh Jerusalem" as written by and Lauryn Hill....
Oh Jerusalem yeah, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem...

Realizing that there's no place else to go
And there's nobody I know who can help me
Text book solutions are so improbable
'cause everybody else is just as empty
Naked as the day that I was born, I tried to hide
...behind education and philosophy
Hopeless explanation to describe a situation
I can't see because the world's on top of me
Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
From the body of this death
Freeing me from dust, and the superficial trust
Of an enemy that seeks to take my breath
Failing to connect, 'cause I'm morally defect
By reason of the God inside my head
Causing me to see, only what pertains to me
Believing I'm alive when I'm still dead
Limited to earth, unable to find out my worth
'cause I... can't see past my own vanity
If I'm not included, then I just have to remove it
From my mind because it has to be in sanity
Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
From the body of this death
Can I even factor, that I've only been an actor
In this staged interpretation of this day
Focused on the shadow, with my back turned to the light
Too intelligent to see it's me in the way
What a paradox, having God trapped in a box
All this time professing to be spiritual
Naturally pretending, that I'm actually defending
God (?) don't need material

Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
Oh Jerusalem, keeping thee from perfection

Submit to truth, leave the deception of thy youth
So we could walk in the council of authority
Forget the proof, our generation so aloof
Only follow in the steps of the majority
Trust in the Lord, with all thy heart
And lay not to thine, oh an understanding in all thy ways
Acknowledge Him, and He shall correct our paths
Be (?) you can follow him
We judge and condemn, just as ignorant as them
Who religion tells us that we should ignore
Perpetrating we're in covenant with Him
Exposed by the very things that we adore
We grin and shake hands, then lay ambush for the man
Who has a different point of view then us
Infuriated 'cause he doesn't understand
Bringing up those things we don't want to discuss
Why still do evil, we don't know how to do good
Walking on in darkness running from the light, ey
Led to believe, because we live in neighborhoods
Telling us what's going on will be alright
Oh so repressed, so convinced that I was blessed
When I played with my game of Monopoly
Oh to suggest, that my life is still a mess
Who reveal the pride I'm hiding is what's stopping me

Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
Oh Jerusalem keeping them from perfection

Abide in me and I in you, as the branch cannot bare
...fruit of itself except in the vine
I am the vine, ye are the branches, He's in live in me
And I in him, the same bring forth much fruit
Without me, you can do nothing
Oh Jerusalem, you're traditions have deceived you
I've chosen you, you haven't chosen me
Do whatsoever, you asking my name he may give to you
But in vain they call my name
teaching doctrines just the same
Justified among themselves
But God know with the heart, what man esteemed as smart
Is an abomination to Emmanuel
Just repent, turn from selfish motivation
So iniquity will not cause your demise
Make you a new heart and a new spirit
...for why would he die
Oh Jerusalem, please tell me why
I have no pleasure in the death of him to die
Says the Lord God where forth turn yourselves and live
It's not the talkers, but the walkers and his word
Are the only ones the Father will forgive

Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
That thou may be saved from thy deception
How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
Oh Jerusalem, providing you no protection

Oh Jerusalem...


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"Oh Jerusalem" as written by Lauryn Hill

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    General CommentIt's about admitting our pride and not being hypocritical.
    UhnointedFaithful1on June 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOh Jerusalem yeah, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem, oh Jerusalem...

    Realizing that there's no place else to go
    And there's nobody I know who can help me
    Text book solutions are so improbable
    'cause everybody else is just as empty
    Naked as the day that I was born, I tried to hide
    ...behind education and philosophy
    Hopeless explanation to describe a situation
    I can't see because the world's on top of me
    Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
    From the body of this death
    Freeing me from dust, and the superficial trust
    Of an enemy that seeks to take my breath
    Failing to connect, 'cause I'm morally defect
    By reason of the God inside my head
    Causing me to see, only what pertains to me
    Believing I'm alive when I'm still dead
    Limited to earth, unable to find out my worth
    'cause I... can't see past my own vanity
    If I'm not included, then I just have to remove it
    From my mind because it has to be in sanity
    Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me
    From the body of this death
    Can I even factor, that I've only been an actor
    In this staged interpretation of this day
    Focused on the shadow, with my back turned to the light
    Too intelligent to see it's me in the way
    What a paradox, having God trapped in a box
    All this time professing to be spiritual
    Naturally pretending, that I'm actually defending
    God through my facade, don't need material

    Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
    That thou may be saved from thy deception
    How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
    Oh Jerusalem, keeping thee from perfection

    Submit to truth, leave the deception of thy youth
    So we could walk in the council of authority
    Forget the proof, our generation so aloof
    Only follow in the steps of the majority
    Trust in the Lord, with all thy heart
    And lay not to thine, oh an understanding in all thy ways
    Acknowledge Him, and He shall correct our paths
    Be not wise in thine own eyes and you can follow him
    We judge and condemn, just as ignorant as them
    Who religion tells us that we should ignore
    Perpetrating we're in covenant with Him
    Exposed by the very things that we adore
    We grin and shake hands, then lay ambush for the man
    Who has a different point of view then us
    Infuriated 'cause he doesn't understand
    Bringing up those things we don't want to discuss
    WISE IS THE NEW EVIL WHEN we don't know how to do good
    Walking on in darkness running from the light, ey
    Led to believe, because we live in neighborhoods
    Telling us what's going on will be alright
    Oh so repressed, so convinced that I was blessed
    When I played with my game of Monopoly
    Oh to suggest, that my life is still a mess
    Would reveal the pride I'm hiding is what's stopping me

    Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
    That thou may be saved from thy deception
    How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
    Oh Jerusalem keeping them from perfection

    Abide in me and I in you, as the branch cannot bare
    ...fruit of itself except in the vine
    I am the vine, ye are the branches, He delivered me
    And I in him, the same bring forth much fruit
    Without me, you can do nothing
    Oh Jerusalem, you're traditions have deceived you
    I've chosen you, you haven't chosen me
    Do whatsoever, you asking my name he may give to you
    But in vain they call my name
    teaching doctrines just the same
    Just to fight amongst themselves
    But God know with the heart, what man esteemed as smart
    Is an abomination to Emmanuel
    Just repent, turn from selfish motivation
    So iniquity will not cause your demise
    Make you a new heart and a new spirit
    ...for why would he die
    Oh Jerusalem, please tell me why
    I have no pleasure in the death of him to die
    Says the Lord God where forth turn yourselves and live
    It's not the talkers, but the walkers and his word
    Are the only ones the Father will forgive

    Oh Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness
    That thou may be saved from thy deception
    How long, shall thy face those lies within thee
    Oh Jerusalem, providing you no protection

    Oh Jerusalem...
    lizzyizzyiz30on May 18, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a wealth of esoteric knowledge pointing us in the direction of the ineffable essence we call God. It's a cry to humanity to reevaluate the deceptions of culture and mass religion they blindly accepted and to reflect on their true nature. While religions may put us on the path to realizing our true nature, which is the nature of god, they alone will not free the bondage of the souls of the children of men.Realizing our true nature and experiencing God ourselves is the only way to the father, but the masses wonder aimlessly unaware of their true nature idiolizing the "god experiences" of others while totally avoiding their own experience. Oh Jerusalem your ways have decieved you bc it is not through ritual and blind belief that we come to know ourselves and ultimately God, but through meditation, contemplation, and personal experience with the reflection of the essence of God, which is obtained once a heart seeks and obtains its true nature. I and my father are one, but any words symbols or language i use to describe this experience or union is a perversion of the truths they represent. That is why a personal experience must be established, all else is perversion and illusion next to it. The union of the will, nature,and mind of man with God's (LOGOS) activaates the cosmic christ consiousness and the lignt of God in the soul of man. He then becomes Adam Quadom, the archetypal cosmic man.
    lizzyizzyiz30on May 18, 2016   Link
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    General CommentHow long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee, oh Jerusalem, keeping them from perfection...I missed correcting the lyrics for the hook...
    lizzyizzyiz30on May 18, 2016   Link

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