Kris Kristofferson - Jesus Was A Capricorn
from the album Jesus Was A Capricorn (Monument, 1972)
One of my favourite Kristofferson songs and albums. The melody of this track is borrowed from John Prine's "Grandpa Was A Carpenter". You can say that's fitting since Kris Kristofferson was the guy who got Prine a recording contract. Thank God for that. Love them both. Prine may be the best singer and songwriter but Kristofferson is the absolute coolest. And he still is.
Great lyrics on this song, so here you go.
"Jesus was a Capricorn, he ate organic foods
He believed in love and peace and never wore any shoes
Long hair, beard and sandals and a funky bunch of friends
Reckon they'd just nail him up if He ever come down again.."
"Egg Head's cousin Red Neck's cussin' hippies for their hair
Others laugh at straights who laugh at freaks who laugh at squares
Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the clan
Most of us hate anything that we don't understand.."
A live version from the Ottawa Folk Festival, August 17th 2007
"It ain't Dylan, but it's all we got.."