The Sent One, the Herald

(parody of "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot)
New lyrics by Mike Fischer

The Story: a song about a shipwreck somehow became enduringly popular, so I had to parody it, especially because I love doing songs with lots of words. My version is about John the Baptist. If I took a few liberties with the syllable counts, it's because the original singer did, too.


The story lives on from Old Testament on down, of the great God Who calls Himself Yahweh.
The Lord, He had said, "You are all good as dead if you don't seek My face and turn to Me."
He sent John on before, just so all would be sure that he went as a herald to many.
That good man and true had a job he would do when the days of Messiah were ready.

The man did reside on the Jordan's near side, coming out from the desert announcin'
That the One he would show was much greater than those thought they knew all the Law and its reasons.
The Law he confirmed and he constantly affirmed that they all should repent and be kneeling,
And turn to the right, or they'd feel Hell's pangs. Could it be their souls needed a healing?

"All sinned," said the crier, and they all gathered 'round, and the saved acknowledged their failin's.
And more than a few, they were baptized anew, showing which ones remembered God's dealings.
And then came a date that the Lord would consecrate, 'twas the start of Messiah's great mission.
The Lamb of God came to the Jordan plain to be baptized in righteous condition.

The Savior's time came and John tried to hold back, saying, "Master, I'm too rough to please You."
Said Jesus to him, "It's all right." John gave in and they went in the Jordan together.
The Savior didn't sin, now his labor would begin; John was left with his camel apparel.
And later in life, when the Father's time was right, came the end of the sent one, the herald.

Did John ever know how the love of God showed when Messiah called sinners with power?
The Savior did say John was like one who played on a dirge, but no mourners a finder.
He finally stood up to the king and his wife — "To stay with her, you shouldn't ought'er."
Now all that remains are God's graces, and the game of the wife, and the dance of the daughter.

Take warning, those who will praise and will sing all the tunes that they like and will mention
"The Lord is supreme," but His thoughts might seem quite high and His ways aren't for most men.
And down here below, we can never know the things of great Yahweh transcendent.
May we all up and go when He calls, but won't know the details that impend or our ending.

We'll trust and will follow and always will pray when we're facing the time of our trial.
The church will find there are perilous times for each man who will live as the Herald.
The story lives on from Old Testament on down, of the great God Who calls Himself Yahweh.
The Lord, He has said, "You are all good as dead if you don't seek My face and turn to Me."

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