"The Preacher" as written by and Jamie N. Commons....
Up in the north where the cold wind blows
Over the prairie gold
There's a church bell screaming
On the steeple high
Gather ye children of men

With one hand on the trigger, one hand on the cross
Jesus and his family are two things he's lost

March him to the scaffold and string him up on high
The call came out from the crowd
There's blood in their eyes and blood in their hearts
For, the blood turning dry on his hands

With one hand on the trigger, one hand on the cross
Jesus and his family are two things he's lost

He cries Oh Lord what have you done
You wont never see heaven or kingdom come
He cries Oh Lord what have you done
You won't never see heaven or kingdom come

Listen to me my wayward flock
He cried with a noose round his neck

I spoke to the lord on the mountain top
His bidding was all I could do
I spoke to the lord on the mountain top
His bidding was all I could do

He cries Oh Lord your works been done
Now show me heaven or kingdom come
He cries Oh Lord your works been done
Now show me heaven or kingdom come

One hand on the trigger, one hand on the cross
Jesus and his family are two things he's lost.


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"The Preacher" as written by Jamie N. Commons

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    General CommentGreat song, hopefully people start sharing thoughts on this site again
    sound of emotion is musicon June 02, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about the crucifixion of Jesus from Jesus' perspective. One thing that throws me off is the line "Jesus and his family are two things he's lost"
    But speaking on the mountain top would be his prayer asking God to remove the burden of suffering (the crucifixion) for the sins of people. "His bidding was all I could do"
    Then after the work has been done he he cry's out, Now show me heaven or kingdom come.
    sound of emotion is musicon June 02, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about a family. I'm guessing the main guy had a wife and a kid and they were involved in some kind of accident and he was the only survivor, for some reason the accident wasn't much of an accident and he was responsible for it.
    Going for cliché I'd say a car accident. He wasn't paying attention, maybe he was drunk or the wife and the husband were arguing, be it what it was, it caused the accident.
    He didn't mean for anything of that to happen and now they're blaming him. Maybe he can't with the pressure and he wants to kill himself. And it's not something that happens immeandiately, he goes to the wake he talks and he feel like all the people there are judging him, that God is telling him he's gonna be trapped where he is, not a way in, not a way out. Needless to say it's all in his head.
    That's how he gets bad. With bad thoughts and guilt and he decides that instead of living with all the guilt and the judgmental stares he rather takes his life to be reunited with his family.
    maddeseaon March 24, 2017   Link
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    Song FactWhy do people automatically assume that songs are metaphors? This song is literally about a preacher from Alabama who killed his wife and hid her body in a freezer.

    “I saw a news article about a preacher who killed his wife and had hidden it and was still preaching to a large congregation,” Commons said of the inspiration for “The Preacher.”

    Here's the news article: cnn.com/2008/CRIME/07/31/preacher.freezer/….
    matthewg0won September 02, 2017   Link

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