"Covenant Woman" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Covenant woman got a contract with the Lord
Way up yonder, great will be her reward.
Covenant woman, shining like a morning star,
I know I can trust you to stay where you are.

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend.
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be.

I've been broken, shattered like an empty cup.
I'm just waiting on the Lord to rebuild and fill me up
And I know He will do it 'cause He's faithful and He's true,
He must have loved me so much to send me someone as fine as you.

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend.
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be.

Covenant woman, intimate little girl
Who knows those most secret things of me that are hidden from the world.
You know we are strangers in a land we're passing through.
I'll always be right by your side, I've got a covenant too.

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend.
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be.


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"Covenant Woman" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentMy Two Bits: This song sums up much of Dylan's music from 1979-Present. Bob Dylan said in the late 1980's that his "born again" albums "laid down the law" for all of his later albums. This song demonstrates Dylan's belief (based on Scripture) that the love between a man and woman is a central aspect of the covenant God has made with mankind. Not only is the relationship a necessary part of establishing God's kingdom, but it is also a relationship that draws parallels with God's relationship with humanity. The Church, after all, is called the "bride" of Christ. Dylan draws on this parallel in many of his later songs (especially in the songs on Time Out of Mind) to create fascinating double meanings in his songs.

    This song is simpler, however. It is an honest expression of desire to share a lifetime of God's salvation with a woman "closer than any friend".
    coldironson March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy Two Bits: This song sums up much of Dylan's music from 1979-Present. Bob Dylan said in the late 1980's that his "born again" albums "laid down the law" for all of his later albums. This song demonstrates Dylan's belief (based on Scripture) that the love between a man and woman is a central aspect of the covenant God has made with mankind. Not only is the relationship a necessary part of establishing God's kingdom, but it is also a relationship that draws parallels with God's relationship with humanity. The Church, after all, is called the "bride" of Christ. Dylan draws on this parallel in many of his later songs (especially in the songs on Time Out of Mind) to create fascinating double meanings in his songs.

    This song is simpler, however. It is an honest expression of desire to share a lifetime of God's salvation with a woman "closer than any friend".
    coldironson March 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanother fine post...somehow i knew the post on here would be from you "coldirons" before i clicked on it
    HonoluluBobon July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is about the Virgin Mary. Catholics refer to her as the new ark of the covenant (hence "covenant woman" in the song). Also, the symbol for Mary is a six-pointed star ("shining bright like a morning star"), and Catholics pray to Mary to deliver prayers to God ("thank you for sending your prayers up to heaven for me"). This song reads like a prayer to the Virgin Mary, and it is spectacular.
    Kabrion October 09, 2015   Link

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