Outlaw's Prayer - worth reading!

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Cattledogz, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

    This is the last song written and recorded by Johhny Paycheck.
    The best one he ever did in my opinion...

    "THE OUTLAW'S PRAYER" by: Johnny Paycheck

    You know I worked the Big Packet show
    In Fort Worth, Saturday night
    We had all day Sunday to rest and relax
    Before I caught another flight
    So I decided to walk downtown
    And get myself a little fresh air
    Before long I found myself
    In front of a big church
    On the corner of the square

    Boy I could hear that singin'
    Way out in the street
    Sure was a beautiful sound
    So I just walked up the steps
    And opened the door
    And started to go inside and sit down
    But before I could
    A young man walked over to me
    And said "Excuse me sir
    But I can't let you in
    With that big black hat
    Those jeans, that beard
    And long hair"

    So I just left, went back outside
    Sat down on the curbing
    And I thought to myself
    That's the house of the Lord
    That guy's got the hell of a nerve
    Tellin' me I can't worship anywhere I please
    So right there, in front of that church
    I just knelt down on my knees

    I said "Lord, I know I don't look like much
    But I didn't think you'd mind
    I just wanted to be with your people
    Lord, it's been a long time
    A while ago I saw a wino
    Over there in the alley
    All bent over in tears
    And I thought how
    One stained-glass window
    From this church
    Would feed his family for years

    Then there's those fine cars parked outside
    Too many for me to count
    Made me think how people walked for days
    To hear your Sermon On The Mount
    Then there's those fine ladies in the choir, Lord
    Singin' like they really love it
    Hell, last night they were dancin'
    On the front row of my show
    Drinkin' beer, screamin' 'Sing Shove It

    You know even John the Baptist
    Wouldn't be welcome in this place
    With his coat made of camel's hair
    And sandals on his feet
    And a long beard on his face
    You know Lord, when you come back
    To get your children
    And take 'em beyond the clouds
    To live, forever in heaven with you
    Well, I'd sure hate to be in this crowd

    You know Lord, I'm not perfect
    Some even call me no count
    But I'll tell you, I believe a man
    Is judged by what's in his heart
    Not what's in his bank account
    So if this is what religion is
    A big car, a suit and a tie
    Then I might as well forget it Lord
    'Cause I can't qualify

    Oh, by the way Lord
    Right before they kicked me out
    Didn't I see a picture of you
    With sandals and a beard
    Believe you had long hair too
    Well this is Paycheck, signing off
    I'll be seein' you Lord, I hope"

    Now I believe in God as much as anyone but I do not attend a church. I have had several people through the years ask why.
    There are multiple reasons but the ones in the song above are right at the top. That is not God's way!
  2. MRR

    MRR New Member

    Now those are some really goodwords,but I sure never pictured Johnny Paycheck saying them. Just goes to show you can't judge a book by it's cover. thanks for sharing them .GOD BLESS nad STAY SAFE at the NATIONAL GARTHERING. Wish I could of been there but there was just no way I could work it. Have fun and becareful.

  3. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Very very good post sister!!!
  4. shuorc

    shuorc New Member

    good post. The cost of the truth in that song will be terrible.--shu
  5. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Great post Barb, and so very true. I also do not attend church for those very same reasons. Im not saying they are all like that, but i havent found one yet that isnt.
  6. buddah

    buddah New Member

    Pennsylvania Wi
    Hmmmmm.......:lol: ..???
  7. Bobpaul

    Bobpaul New Member

    Supply NC
    You can't hardly throw a stone in NC without hitting a church set up by people who couldn't get along, so they just set up thier own club, I mean church.

    I choose not to sit next to hypocrits also.
  8. badkarma

    badkarma New Member

    What I tell them when they ask why I stopped going to church. "I AIN"T SECOND CLASS TO ANYBODY"!!!!
  9. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    Barb thats a really good post,wish ya all that say they no longer attend church I am sorry to hear that because the church I go to would welcome all of you with open arms and lots of hugs. We are not all stuffed shirts! But.......I understand there are churches out there like that and it's just awful.I respect your decision however! Have a wonderful time at the gathering!--------------pk powell:smile2:
  10. jailcop2

    jailcop2 New Member

    Thanks Barb , heard it before but had forgotten .