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.