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The Gospel Accordin' To John Lyrics

Artist: Kinky Friedman
Album: Under The Double Ego

(Kinky Friedman, Roger Friedman)
He was just an old-time preacher on the ol€™ time radio
But they never learn to listen till they lived enough to know.
I used to walk out on that porch when mama€™d turn the durn thing on
To the Gospel accordin€™ to John.

Her mail-order prayer shawl fell across her silver hair,
Her sad eyes saw a better world when John came on the air.
Mama had someone to turn to €" she was rockin€™ all night long
To the Gospel accordin€™ to John.

You see, she was a blind believer in John€™s bible beatin€™ game.
He€™d heal €˜em, wheel €˜em, deal €˜em, bless €˜em in Heaven€™s name.
Onward Christian soldiers, just a dollar and a half
Buys a photo of Jesus with an autograph.

And Jesus was a-watching from the table by the door
When that rockin€™ chair grew silent and that shawl fell to the floor.
I walked out on that porch because I couldn€œt find a prayer
When a kindly voice come a-cracklin€™ €˜cross the air.

Said, €œFolks, them righteous times are comin€œ, I say, they€™re comin€™ right on back.
You can hop that gospel train,€? he said, €œfrom both sides of the track.
Some people prayin€™, keep a-listenin€™, keep a-helpin€™ out the show,
€˜Cause ol€™ John€™s with you anywhere you go.€?

Now some folks claim the Scriptures are the only living truth,
Others swear by Peter, Paul or Matthew, Mark or Luke,
Ah but there ain€™t a nicer passage just to sail a dream upon
Than the gospel accordin€™ to John.

He was just an old-time preacher but he answered mama€™s call,
His words may never save a soul, but his faith could heal us all.
€˜Cause life's a sacred pilgrimage whatever trip you€™re on
And that's the gospel accordin€œ to John.

Recitation:
God bless you, John €" you ol€™ devil ...
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