"Holy Rollers for Love" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Down from the mountain out walking the flood
I see the future in this setting sun
Unfolded gardens uncover the earth as it was
Filled with canteens and tear gas
From this last voyage of us

Ain't no gentlemen here hiding wings
The devil himself would be puzzled to give
Any reasons to sink his fingers in
All this voodoo and black magic
Doing the work that was his

With battle songs filling their lungs
Move them out down under the sun
Give them tears for cherry red blood
Stack them old, we cradle them young
World is crazy or maybe just
Holy rollers for love

Split this ocean set these sails
It's down to the seabed we dazzle and fail
Hereafter's bringing more funerals than fairs
And it's a book of blank maps
That's we're using to get us there

To the hilltops my daughter, my son
The rescue's too little to cover the slums
Cross the river deeper than it ever was
There's a pause in the evening
When prayers are supposed to be done

With battle songs filling their lungs
Move them out down under the sun
Give them tears for cherry red blood
Stack them old, we cradle them young
World is crazy or maybe just
Holy rollers for love

Glory glory hallelujah be warned
God is still marching, still raising his sword
Board these windows and guard your stretch of floor
Something sinister's got you the minute you open the door

With battle songs filling their lungs
Move them out down under the sun
Give them tears for cherry red blood
Stack them old, we cradle them young
World is crazy or maybe just holy rollers for love
World is crazy or maybe she's holy rollers for love
World is crazy and making us holy rollers for love


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"Holy Rollers for Love" as written by Jakob Dylan

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    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful song.
    misssarcasticaon August 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's obviously about militant evangelism who become the very thing they preach against. My favorite line in the song is the second stanza:

    "Ain't no gentlemen here hiding wings
    The devil himself would be puzzled to give
    Any reasons to sink his fingers in
    All this voodoo and black magic
    Doing the work that was his"

    If I was the devil I'd be completely flabbergasted too that some people do evil in the name of the person who was supposed to fight it.
    S14on April 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the story of when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. These two stanzas really reflect that:

    Split this ocean set these sails
    It's down to the seabed we dazzle and fail
    Hereafter's bringing more funerals than fairs
    And it's a book of blank maps
    That we're using to get us there

    Glory glory hallelujah be warned
    God is still marching, still raising his sword
    Board these windows and guard your stretch of floor
    Something sinister's got you the minute you open the door

    This stanza ^^ reminds me of the tenth plague where the Israelites were supposed to mark their doors with blood so God wouldn't kill their sons. Very well-done song, in my opinion.
    windandwater313on April 03, 2012   Link

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