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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, March 21, 2004
    A day before the licensing - some ministry from Billy Bragg
     
    "So this is your last fling before your big day," they said, alluding to my going to a Billy Bragg gig at The Lowry tonight, 24 hours before being made a vicar. Comments lightly meant, but carrying in them a hint of the 'vicars don't do that sort of thing' idea ...

    I hope this vicar continues to. Not many other artists provide the occasion to be purged, purified by the likes of Leon Rosselson's World Turned Upside Down, a song in praise of the Diggers and in defiance of corrupt authority:

    They make the laws
    To chain us well
    The clergy dazzle us with heaven
    Or they damn us into hell
    We will not worship
    The God they serve
    The God of greed who feeds the rich
    While poor men starve


    Uncomfortable words for one in my position; good, essential, uncomfortable words.