"Jesus Was A Cross Maker" as written by and Judee Sill....
Sweet silver angels over the sea
Please come down flyin' low for me
One time I trusted a stranger
Cuz' I heard his sweet song
And it was gently enticin' me
Tho there was somethin' wrong
But when I turned he was gone

Blindin' me, his song remains remindin' me
He's a bandit and a heart breaker
Oh, but Jesus was a cross maker

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

He wages war with the devil
A pistol by his side
And tho he chases him out windows
And won't give him a place to hide
He keeps his door open wide

Fightin' him he lights a lamp invitin' him
He's a bandit and a heart breaker
Oh, but Jesus was a cross maker

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

I heard the thunder come rumblin'
the light never looked so dim
I see the junction git 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 heart breaker
Oh, but Jesus was a cross maker
Yes, Jesus was a cross maker
Yes, Jesus was a cross maker
Sweet silver angels over the sea
Please come down flyin' low for me
One time I trusted a stranger
Cuz I heard his sweet song
And it was gently enticin' me
Tho there was somethin' wrong
But when I turned he was gone
Blindin' me, his song remains remindin' me
He's a bandit and a heartbreaker.
Oh, but Jesus was a cross maker

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


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"Jesus Was a Crossmaker" as written by Judee Sill

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    Song MeaningGot a live copy of this and she introduces this song with a little explanation of it:

    "Um, this song I just wrote a little while ago, and someone told me they heard it on the radio today-- it just came out two days ago, and um... I wanted to write a song about this principle: the lower down you go to gain your momentum from, the higher up it will propel ya, but I couldn't think of a way to say that poetically... and I happened to stumble across this real obscure theological fact, and that is that Jesus was a cross maker. That really got in my head, and I knew I had to write a song about it.

    Same time, I was having a really unhappy romance with this guy: he was a bandit, and a heartbreaker. So one morning I woke up and realised that "he's a bandit and a heartbreaker" rhymes with "but Jesus was a crossmaker". And I knew that even that wretched bastard was not beyond redemption. It's true, it's true; I swear. It saved me, this song. It was writing this song or suicide, y'know?"
    AllynTon May 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really good,
    nicola234on June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFrom what I can work out... It's about someone wanting to be good but being passive to bad things happening. AKA breaking someones heart.
    ameo747on April 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a woman getting her heart broken by a "bad boy", but still thinking he's a good person. Like his actions don't reflect his true nature. Beautiful song.
    LoverWithoutLoveon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe guy is reputed to be J.D. Souther (singer, actor and co-writer of several Eagles songs), who today acknowledges Judee Sill as one of the most important musicians he has known.
    tmjmon December 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe idea of Jesus making crosses is found in Nikos Kazantzakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ" from 1960 (and in Scorsese's film from 1988).
    Blomqviston July 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWritten about her former boyfriend, a jazz cornet player named Tommy Peltier. Featured in BBC radio documentary 9 September 2014
    substeveon September 16, 2014   Link

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