Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Deja Vu

Apparently in order to keep the song count for the first side of In Another Land at seven, Larry Norman cross-faded two songs, "If God Is My Father" and "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus", and gave the result the single title of "Deja Vu". And it kind of makes sense, because this appearance of "Why Don't You Look Into Jesus" is not its first (It was on the 1972 album, Only Visiting This Planet). It also makes sense to arrange them like this because the content of the first song really does directly lead to the second.

If God is my Father and you are my brother
Then why can't we bother to really reach out and love one another?

Why do we keep on acting the way we do?
The way we treat each other, it just breaks my heart in two

Once we were happy, oh, yes, once in the garden
And then a lie broke the stillness
And our hearts began to harden

And hoping to be wiser, man has reached too far
Sometimes I think that we've advanced
But then I look at where we are
©1976 Beechwood Music Corp.
J. C. Love Publishing Co.

Sippin' whiskey from a paper cup
You drown your sorrows till you can't stand up
Take a look at what you've done to yourself
Why don't you put the bottle back on the shelf?
Yellow fingers from your cigarettes
Your hands are shakin' while your body sweats
Why don't you look into Jesus? He's got the answer.

Now think back to when you were a child,
Your soul was free, your heart ran wild,
Each day was different, and life was a thrill
You knew tomorrow would be better still
But things have changed you're much older now,
If you're unhappy and you don't know how
Why don't you look into Jesus? He's got the answer.

Work all night, sleep all day
You take your money, throw it all away
You say you're gonna be a superstar
But you never hung around enough to find out who you really are

Why don't you look into Jesus? He's got the answer.
©1973 Glenwood Music Corp.
Strawbed Music


Truth is...most of our world's advancements have been technological. What has been the same throughout all history, and should make us feel like "I've been here before", is our need for redemption, restoration, and resurrection. We are worthless, ruined, and dead until we accept the answer God provides in His son, Jesus of Nazareth.

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