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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
January 12th, 2015 by Joel Watts

The Git Go (Willie Nelson)

I first heard this song over the weekend while listening to Outlaw Country on my SiriusXM. You can guess my reaction… not only it is bluesy, but it is theological.

And frankly, it is the right sort of theology… Two stanzas frame the song. The first is,

Woman shined the apple, and the man had to take a bite
Anything that good, God knows, just had to be right
Well they woke up naked with a big headache,
He done done in by a slippery snake,
A man and a woman get to live a while and then they die

And after detailing the sins and depravity of our social structure, we hear,

He told the truth, and they hung him up to die
The son of God who created you and I
He said it in the Good Book and letters in red

But we keep on forgettin’ ev’ry thing that He said
Jesus Christ hung on the cross for you and I

Listen to it a few times if you must.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


4 Responses to “The Git Go (Willie Nelson)”
  1. While I love Willie, even think that He died not for us, but because of us ?

    • hey, now, I’m not commenting on his exact phrasing (someone else wrote the song, not Willie).

      • Joel, sorry for the typo its ‘ever think’ and not even think and when I used the word He, I capitalized it, so as not to confuse the He with Willie Nelson. Confusing, wait for the next reply 🙂 but when it comes to the singer were on the same page. In short, He died, because of our sins…not for.

  2. Commentary on politicians and war is right-on.

    “Shining the Apple” explains why Adam and Eve never made it back to the Garden of Eden…


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