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March 03, 2009

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Dave

From what I understand about Harrison is he was probably the most 'spiritual' one of the four. He was the one that introduced alot of the eastern religions and philosophies to the Beatles.

Dave

Sorry EDDIE! :-P

Eddie Gray

Oh, and I meant to mention....I've only heard My Sweet Lord on the radio, and never heard all the Vishnu and Krishna references....ever. I'll have to pay closer attention to the song next time I hear it. So let the record state that Harrison's song has been stricken from the record. Thank you--that is all.

Eddie Gray

Dave, the name is "EDDIE." Don't infuriate me and bring upon my molten-hot wrath. :-P

I don't know much about Harrison, but from my understanding, it appears to me as though Harrison was a spiritual seeker for most of his life. I'm not saying he was a "Christian" simply because he wrote a song called "My Sweet Lord." But reading through the lyrics, you can't help but get a picture of a man who is yearning to find and to intimately know his Creator.

There are many, many seeker songs on rock albums down through the years. Many of them don't turn into radio singles however, because....well radio hits are usually a bit shallow, aren't they? If there is meat to be found lyrically, it's typically found buried safely within an album. So that limited my list a pretty good bit. Still, I think it's a pretty good list. We could even turn this Billboard Classic Rock thing into an all summer long event!

Dave

Eddy - some good suggestions there. But 'My Sweet Lord'!? Have you actually listened to the lyrics of that song? He starts out with "hallelujah" then it morphs into singing about hare krishna and vishnu.
Here are the lyrics.
http://www.lyricsondemand.com/g/georgeharrisonlyrics/mysweetlordlyrics.html

Come on Eddy. Even I, being a lightweight Rock Snob know about that song. Can't stand it, but I know about it. :-)

Eddie Gray

Eddie Gray here. I'll give a vote for TURN! TURN! TURN! by the Byrds. A great old song, and a true classic.

One thing I will say....I really, REALLY, REALLY think you should open this series up to include songs illustrating Bible principles, themes and teachings, not just bible stories. That's very limiting, and honestly...well, it's a little hokey. Sorry!! It's a GREAT idea, just needs to be expanded a bit more to be more relevant, and less likely to fall victim to "the Cornball Effect." :-)

With that said, here are some more suggestions from the mind of Ed:

1. I Won't Back Down - TOM PETTY!!! (A strong declaration from a man with grit and backbone).

2. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (The problem of Apathy).

3. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Crossfire or Tightrope (Anti-Addiction songs from a former addict).

4. CCR - Someday Never Comes (Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. "Consider the ant," and all that).

5. Boston - Peace of Mind (Goes against the materialistic mentality that's so rampant these days).

6. Clapton/Blind Faith - Presence of the Lord (Self-Explanatory)

7. George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (Self-Explanatory)

8. Hendrix - Manic Depression (I wonder what this song is about?)

9. Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Faith, man) or Wheel in the Sky (There are things in motion bigger than ourselves).

10. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide (Fear of Aging and Change).

11. Foreigner - I Wanna Know What Love Is (Man's search for true, lasting love).

12. Bad Company - Shooting Star (The ultimate song about the pitfalls of the rock n' roll, materialistic lifestyle).

13. Alice Cooper - Eighteen (The ULTIMATE teenage angst song, which captures that age and time of life exceptionally well).

14. Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is (A warning against sitting back and just accepting the way the world is).

15. The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane (Not entirely sure the lyrics would be appropriate, but a song about the rat race).

16. Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? (An awesome song! "If there was a new way...I'd be the first in line....But it better work this time").

17. Ozzy - If I Close My Eyes Forever (Don't know if we'd wanna include anything by this weirdo, but this is a Duet with Lita Ford and a very emotional song about death).

18. Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart (Many Boss songs have very good messages, but are just barely out of the running due to references to "having a few drinks" such as the song "Glory Days." But Hungry Heart is a good song about the yearning in all of us.

Oh, and don't forget. Tom Petty is absolutely, 100% Grade-A, CLASSIC ROCK!!!

Dave

David and Goliath
"I won't back down" - Tom Petty (1989)

Bobby

Ha, Cory...!! You are funny....Petty??? Are you kidding me??? Clint is gone so you have no more support for your case....:)

Bill, Dave, Freddie....good ideas, but, the songs have to be non-offensive as well in ALL the lyrics. Makes it tougher. Stairway (I think) is about a woman, so couldnt appy to the obvious Jacob story. I thought of Highway to Hell, but the lyrics again.....dont work.

Roxanne is thought provoking....hadnt thought of that one. Honestly, the 80's have little that make me think 'classic'. I Ran would work for Jonah, but,....classic??

Come on, guys.....help me here!!!

PB

bill

Pb this is the coolest idea ive ever heard. Totally awesome way to take it to the streets. With Will and the crew I know you guys will absolutely rock out this idea for the glory of God. Song wise skynards that smell. Or the eagles drifter? Or for fun cdbs Devil went down to Georgia

Cory

How about some Tom Petty. He is clasic rock right PB.

Dave

70's and Up? What about the 60's! Some of these are a bit of a stretch or a little tongue and cheek.

Joseph
"Dream On" Aerosmith (1973)
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Eurythmics (1983)

Elijah and Jezebel or Joseph fleeing Potphars cougar of a wife.

Psalm 40
"40" - U2 (1983)

"I Ran" A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
"Maneater" Hall and Oates (1982)

Jesus drawing the line in the sand
"Roxanne" The Police (1978)

Job
"Paint it Black" The Rolling Stones (1966)

Psalms by King David
"Dance to the Music" Sly and the Family Stone (1968)

Paul's letters
"Message in a Bottle" The Police (1979)

Esther
"I'm Just a Girl" No Doubt (1995)

Jesus
"Come as You are" Nirvana (1991)

Parable of the Rich Man
"Highway to Hell" AC/DC (1979)

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" The Byrds (1965)

Freddie

Stairway to Heaven.

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