SO HARD TO STAY CLOSE

(A rock song exploring the pressures on Jesus)

(updated 18 March 2007 - with MP3 and revised MIDI)


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This was written specifically for a worship-style presentation, "Hosanna - A Portait of Jesus", in London back in 1972. I'd always wanted to write a proper Christian rock song and this seemed the right subject.

We recorded the whole occasion, initially just to retain the memory, but subsequently felt it was just about good enough to issue a recording for others to share. The MP3 that you can listen to or download here is from that live recording, with all its faults.

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Lyrics (by Michael Lehr)

Well it beats in his temples and pounds in his brain,
He sees so many people in so much pain.
It's so hard,
Hard to stay close to the Father at these times.
It's so hard to stay close to the Father at these times.

Pursued by his people wherever he goes,
Yet bearing a burden that no-one knows.
It's so hard,
Hard to stay close to the Father at these times.
It's so hard to stay close to the Father at these times.

It might have made it easier if men could understand
The purpose of his travels throughout the land.
To realise that hatred would quickly banish cheers,
The sadness of that knowledge brought him tears.

1972 Reflection Christian Music


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