Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Rickie Lee Jones – Gethsemane

“The men were standing all around/other men are lying on the ground/and I am standing by myself.” This stunning song is apparently written from the first person point of view of Jesus in the Garden after the dinner he had with his friends. They, of course fell asleep while he prayed, and were no real help when he was betrayed. “You know you wake up one morning and you’re someone else. You’re on your own. There is no miracle to take you home.” He was faced with a mock trial and the agony of the cross. The beauty that Ricky Lee adds to this is a melody that portrays human viewpoint with honest movement and power. “Why are you sleeping, oh my friends?” Shoutout for Tried To Be A Man. “They make her look so pretty/She won’t be pretty long/She’ll be rising out of the sea of planet Babylon.” Rickie Lee Jones