City of Old Sins

(parody of "City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie)
New lyrics by Mike Fischer

The Story: one of the saddest moments in the Bible was Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The prophet Daniel had foretold the exact day He would come, but no one was counting days, and the Jews didn't realize that their long-awaited Messiah was there before their eyes. That's why He wept over the city. But it wasn't the first time that Jerusalem had missed Him.


Child arrived near the city full of old sins.
Bethlehem stable — shepherds found my trail.
Led by stars, the wise men came as riders.
God predicted, down to the last detail.

But in Bethlehem, no Pharisees; the Jews, they all were absentees.
They didn't know I came so they'd be healed.
Prophets strained to know my name, the place and time were known to them
But the Savior wasn't trusted, wasn't revealed.

Chorus:
Good morning, Jerusalem, how are you?
Say, don't you know Me? I'm your promised One.
And I came to call the city from its old sins.
I'll be gone beyond the Nile 'fore you know I've come.

Facing hard times, but the devil pushed me too far.
Looking for faith, I found so few anymore.
Tellin' parables that hold the key to battle,
And miracles they never had seen before.

But the sons of priests and Levites, and the sons of Sadducees
Lived their fathers' dry tradition with all zeal.
Other souls were fast asleep, works show that they aren't God's sheep
And their living has to fail 'cause they will not kneel.

Chorus:
Good morning, Jerusalem, how are you?
Say, don't you know Me? I'm the promised One.
And I came to call the city from its old sins.
I'll be on a cross and died 'fore the week is done.

No more time for the city and its old sins.
They gave me scars, didn't know they could be free.
Once I'm home, they won't do much mournin'
From the spiritual darkness that's blinded them so they can't see.

But all my words and wonders seem to point them to the Supreme
God, but they fail to heed the Word's good news.
The Messiah's going to rule and reign, all the world is His domain.
This Savior's got to keep His word to the Jews.

Chorus:
Good morning, Jerusalem, how are you?
Now do you know Me? I'm your promised One.
And I came to call the city from its old sins,
And I'll reign a thousand years 'til the story's done.

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