"Daniel and the Sacred Harp" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
Daniel, Daniel and the sacred harp,
Dancing through the clover.
Daniel, Daniel would you mind,
If I look it over.

I heard of this famous harp years ago back in my home town
But I sure never thought old Daniel be the one to come and bring it around
Tell me Daniel how the harp came into your possession.
Are you one of the chosen few who will march in the the procession?

And Daniel said,
The sacred harp was handed down, from father unto son,
And me not being related, I could never be the one.
So I saved up all my silver, and took it to a man,
Who said he could deliver the harp, straight into my hand.

Three years I waited patiently,
Till he returned with the harp from the sea of Galilee.
He said there is one more thing I must ask,
But not of personal greed.
But I wouldn't listen I just grabbed the harp,
And said take what you may need.

Now Daniel looked quite satisfied, and the harp it seemed to glow.
But the price that Daniel had really paid, he did not even know.
Back to his brother he took his troubled mind.
And he said dear brother I'm in a bind.
But the brother would not hear his tale,
He said Old Daniel's gonna land in jail.
So to his father Daniel did run,
And he said oh father what have I done.
His father said son you've given in, you know you won your harp,
But you lost in sin.

Then Daniel took the harp and went high on the hill,
And he blew across the meadow like a whippoorwill.
He played out his heart just the time to pass,
But as he looked to the ground, he noticed no shadow did he cast.


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"Daniel and the Sacred Harp" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    My InterpretationPart myth and part Scripture. The sacred harp refers to King David's harp, that was said to soothe the spirit of King Saul (who had been rejected by God for disobedience twice and given a demon to torment him). Whenever David played his harp, the demon relaxed and Saul was able to have a few moments peace. In this case the man's name is Daniel (not a reference to anyone in the Bible) but someone not of the lineage of David. The myth says the harp was passed down from father to son (this is presumably the lineage of David, from which Jesus came) and no one else could obtain it. The man listed could get the harp and asked for money first. After 3 years had passed, he returned with the harp from the region of the Sea of Galilee. Daniel was pleased to take the harp, but the man told him there would be one more requirement of him (his soul) but Daniel wouldn't listen to the man and just said "take what you may need," unaware the man who he was dealing with was the devil. Right away Daniel began playing the harp, but felt something was wrong. He went to his brother (who obviously knew Daniel's error but refused to help) and then to his father to ask what had he done? His father said "Daniel, you've won your harp but lost in sin." There was nothing anyone could do for poor Daniel, who ran off to play his harp on the hillside. Still feeling odd, at one point he looked down to see his shadow. To his horror, he cast no reflection because his soul was gone.
    bobquack1on September 21, 2014   Link

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