Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bob Dylan on Palm Sunday: "In the Garden."

Today in Mass, the Gospel reading was from Luke 22. It included Jesus' Agony in the Garden. Every time I hear or read that Palm Sunday gospel I am reminded of Bob Dylan's accurate, and lyrically compelling, song about Christ's final hours, "In the Garden."

In the second chapter of Return to Rome, I tell the story of my attendance at a 1979 Dylan concert in San Francisco. In that concert, Dylan only sings Gospel songs that he had composed for his two albums, Slow Train Coming (1979) and the forthcoming Saved (1980). Below is a video from a 1986 concert with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in which he sings "In the Garden," from the album Saved.

 The lyrics are published below the video.


In the Garden
by Bob Dylan

When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
Did they know He was the Son of God, did they know that He was Lord?
Did they hear when He told Peter, "Peter, put up your sword"?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?
When they came for Him in the garden, did they know?

When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
Nicodemus came at night so he wouldn't be seen by men
Saying, "Master, tell me why a man must be born again."
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?
When He spoke to them in the city, did they hear?

When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He said, "Pick up your bed and walk, why must you criticize?
Same thing My Father do, I can do likewise."
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?
When He healed the blind and crippled, did they see?

Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
The multitude wanted to make Him king, put a crown upon His head
Why did He slip away to a quiet place instead?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?
Did they speak out against Him, did they dare?

When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
He said, "All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth."
Did they know right then and there what that power was worth?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?

When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
He said, "All power is given to Me in heaven and on earth."
Did they know right then and there what that power was worth?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?
When He rose from the dead, did they believe?

Copyright ©1980 Special Rider Music

2 comments:

Frank said...

Frank, thanks for posting this. I plan on using it as one of the selections in our Music for Mondays piece tomorrow at Why I Am Catholic. Pax Christi.

Tiber Jumper said...

I 2nd that thanks!
God bless your holy Week!