"Jesus Christ" as written by and Woody Guthrie....
Jesus Christ was a man that traveled through the land
Hard working man and brave
He said to the rich, "Give your goods to the poor"
So they laid Jesus Christ in His grave
Yes, Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty coward called Judas Iscariot
Laid poor Jesus in His grave

He went to the preacher, He went to the sheriff
Told them all the same
"Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor"
So they laid Jesus Christ in His grave

When Jesus come to town, all the working folks around
Believed what he did say
The bankers and the preachers, they nailed Him on the cross
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave

And the working people followed him around
Singing and shouting gay
But the cops and soldiers nailed him in the air
And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave

Well the people held their breath when they heard about his death
Everybody wondered why
It was the landlord and the soldiers that they hired
To nail Jesus Christ in the sky

This song was made in New York City
Of rich man and preachers, and slaves
If Jesus was to preach like He preached in Galillee
They would lay Jesus Christ in His grave

Yes, Jesus was a man and a carpenter by hand
His followers true and brave
One dirty coward called Judas Iscariot
As laid poor Jesus in His grave


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"Jesus Christ" as written by Woody Guthrie

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    General Commentgood song
    RestlessWarrioron May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhere can i get this song?
    JoeTheLionon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou can find this song under the complete u2 collection on iTunes in the "unreleased and rare" section. It was written and recorded during the Rattle and Hum sessions
    blueboy8on June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis was originally released on a Woodie Guthrie tribute album "folkways, a vision shared" , u2 did not write it
    markeon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's a Woody Guthrie song that talks about Jesus being killed for being a man of the people, telling the rich and powerful to help the poor and suffering.
    PencilNeckedGeekon January 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCall me a heathen, but I find this to be U2's most danceable song. I love love love it!
    PencilNeckedGeekon October 02, 2008   Link

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