"Little Tin God" as written by and Danny/henley Kortchmar....
A new age is dawning
On fewer than expected
Business as Usual
That's how the headline read
Some shaky modern saviors
Have now been resurrected
In all this excitement
You may have been misled

People want a miracle
They say Oh Lord, can't you see us?
We're tryin' to make a livin' down here
And keep the children fed
But, from little dark motel rooms
To Six Flags over Jesus
How are the mighty fallen
So the Bible said

You don't have to pray to a little tin god
Step out of the way for a little tin god
You might fear the reaper, fear the rod
But you never have to get down on your knees
You don't have to holler, please, please
No, you never have to get down on your knees
For a little tin god

The cowboy's name was Jingo
And he heard that there was trouble
So in a blaze of glory
He rode out of the west
No one was ever certain
What it was that he was sayin'
But they loved it when he told them
They were better than the rest

But you don't have to pray to a little tin god
Step out of the way for a little tin god
You might hate the system, hate the job
But you never have to get down on your knees
You don't have to holler, please, please
No, you never have to get down on your knees
For a little tin god

Throw down a rope from heaven
And lead the flock to water
The man in the middle would have you think
That you have no other choice
But to wander in the wilderness
Of all the upturned faces
If you stop and listen long enough
You will hear your own small voice

But you don't have to pray to a little tin god
Step out of the way for a little tin god
You might fear the reaper, fear the rod
But you never have to get down on your knees
You don't have to holler, please, please
No, you never have to get down on your knees
Never have to holler, please, please
You never have to get down on your knees
You never have to holler, please, please
You never have to get down on your knees
For a little tin god


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"Little Tin God" as written by Danny Kortchmar Donald Hugh Henley

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    General CommentThis is Henley' critique on TV Evangelism and the scandals of the late 80's.

    "Six Flags Over Jesus" refers to the PTL theme park that Jim Baker built in NC.

    "Little Dark Motel Rooms" refers to both Jim Baker's liasons with his secretary and Jimmy Swaggert's rendevous with New Orleans' Hookers.

    "The Cowboy's name was Jingo" could be a Reagan Reference or a reference to Rev. Jerry Fallwell of the Moral Majority.

    It's a scathing but very insightful crticism of TV and Evangelical church in that time.
    Hatzon September 19, 2006   Link

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