The Prodigal Son playlist

This week as our community lives with the parable of the Prodigal Son we offer you a musical lectio based on songs from the group Mumford & Sons.  The original idea came from a blog by Todd Rossnagel if you would like to listen to this in one setting.  It will take you 30 minutes.  Or you may break it up in parts each day as we share the music through youtube versions.  If you have your own recordings you might want to create playlist for yourself.  Music is a way in which we root our lives in grace at The Table each week and a Mumford & Sons concert in Oakland was the location of our first Maundy Thursday worship a few years ago when we were just getting started.

Today we begin with The Dustbowl Dance.

The younger son leaves home:

The young man stands on the edge of his porch
The days were short and the father was gone
There was no one in the town and no one in the field
This dusty barren land had given all it could yield

I’ve been kicked off my land at the age of sixteen
And I have no idea where else my heart could have been
I placed all my trust at the foot of this hill
And now I am sure my heart can never be still
So collect your courage and collect your horse
And pray you never feel this same kind of remorse

Seal my heart and break my pride
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide
Align my heart, my body, my mind
To face what I’ve done and do my time

Well you are my accuser, now look in my face
Your oppression reeks of your greed and disgrace
So one man has and another has not
How can you love what it is you have got
When you took it all from the weak hands of the poor?
Liars and thieves you know not what is in store

Well, there will come a time I will look in your eye
You will pray to the God that you’ve always denied
Then I’ll go out back and I’ll get my gun
I’ll say, “You haven’t met me, I am the only son”

Seal my heart and break my pride
I’ve nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide
Align my heart, my body, my mind
To face what I’ve done and do my time(x2)

Well, yes sir yes sir yes it was me
I know what I’ve done ’cause I know what I’ve seen
I went out back and got my gun,
said, “you haven’t met me I am the only son”

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