"Jesus Was a Cross Maker" as written by and Judee / Sill....
Sweet silver angels over the sea
Please come down flying low for me

One time I trusted a stranger
'Cause I heard his sweet song
It was gently enticing me
But there was something wrong
And when I turned
He was gone
Blinding me
His song remains reminding me
He's a bandit and a heartbreaker
My Jesus was a cross maker

Sweet silver angels over the sea
Please come down flying low for me

He wages war with the devil
With a pistol by His side
He's always chasing him out of windows
And He won't give him a place to hide
But he keeps His door
Open wide
Fighting him
He lights a lamp inviting him
He's a bandit and a heartbreaker
My Jesus was a cross maker
Yeah, Jesus was a cross maker

I heard the thunder come rumblin'
The light never looked so dim
I see the junction get nearer
And danger is in the wind
And either road's lookin' grim

Hidin' me, I flee, desire dividin' me
He's a bandit and a heartbreaker.
Oh, but Jesus was a cross maker
Yes, Jesus was a cross maker


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"Jesus Was a Cross Maker" as written by Judee Sill

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    General Commenthe didn't write the song, but in a long tradition of covers, this one carries a lot of power. his world weary idiom carries so much weight in an intellectual contemplation of sin redemption and humanity vs divinity. there is a very Coleridgian view of redemption, with the sin being the conduit to the ultimate paradise of reconcilliation. i don't know, it is just a great thinking tune.
    scumbagstyleon May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe didn't write the song, but in a long tradition of covers, this one carries a lot of power. his world weary idiom carries so much weight in an intellectual contemplation of sin redemption and humanity vs divinity. there is a very Coleridgian view of redemption, with the sin being the conduit to the ultimate paradise of reconcilliation. i don't know, it is just a great thinking tune.
    scumbagstyleon May 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWho did write this, does anybody know?
    Anyways, I doubt they could sing it better than Warren. I love this song.
    Great lyrics, especially the rhyming of "heartbreaker" with "cross maker"
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the original is by Judee Sill. I have a tribute album to her where Frida Hyvonen does an *amazing* cover of this song.

    I'd heard this expression before, but never gave it much thought until I listened to the song extensively. I've heard explanations that the song was inspired by Sill's relationship with JD Souther (long time Eagles and Zevon collaborator), but the expression itself is absolutely fascinating to me. Listening to the lyrics and thinking about the notion that "Jesus was a cross maker" implies a twisted symbiotic relationship between Christ and the Devil (in a literal, lyrical sense) or the singer and her antagonist (in a metaphorical sense).

    The idea is a simple one: every hero needs a villain. And the second verse paints an even more clear picture: Jesus stood to benefit from his struggles with the Devil and ultimately his own death; consequently, despite his great efforts to cast the Devil out, he always had to let him come back around (chasing him out windows but leaving his door open wide) so he'd have someone to validate his existence. Truly the stuff of classic dysfunctional relationships... : )
    hencinion April 12, 2012   Link

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