Jerusalem 3PM (parody of Dallas 1PM, by Saxon)

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Jerusalem 3PM is a Christian Parody of Saxon's hard-rock hit, Dallas 1PM. Saxon's version tells the story of President Kenney's assination. My parody tells the story of Jesus' crucifixion.

WORD ABOUT PARODIES
Are songs on STORM THE GATES parodies or just rewrites (A.K.A. “derivative works”)?
According to Webster's dictionary, a parody is "A composition in which the form and expression of serious writings are closely imitated but adapted to a ridiculous subject or a humorous method of treatment; a burlesque imitation of a serious poem."

This definition describes perfectly the songs on STORM THE GATES. I did my best to closely imitate the style and sound of the original compositions and I adapted them to a subject that seems utterly ridiculous to many non-Christ-following people. The primary message of every song is the Cross (I.e. the redemptive work of Jesus Christ at Calvary).

The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) While my fellow Christians will view this message in the spirit that Paul describes above, as “the power of God,” many will likely perceive the whole thing as a gimmick or uninformed, naïve religiosity. I’m sure many will view the mixing of secular rock music with biblical lyrics as ridiculous or possibly even scandalous. Others will find it all quite amusing and humorous. I know that before I became a Christian, I felt there was something inherently funny (cheesy/ridiculous) about a “serious rock song” being used for “religious” purposes. For all of these reasons, in my view—the songs on Storm The Gates are the epitome of parodied music.

lyrics

Verse 1
There before Pilate, the verdict was set
(Luke 23)
They spat on his face, a thorny crown on his head.
(Matthew 27:27-31)
Open the gates, push back the crowd
Noise and confusion, time to move out
(John 19:16-19)

Chorus
The world was rocked that holy day
As Jesus gave His life away, away…
Jerusalem 3 p.m.
(Matthew 27:45-53)

Verse 2
Stretch Him out, drive the nails through his hands
“Father forgive them…”—is what He said
(Luke 23:33-34)

Soldiers pacing, Disciples on the run
They couldn't believe, the deed was done.
(Mark 14:50)

Guitar Solo

Verse 3
“It is finished.” Those are the words that He said
Then He laid down His life, as he bowed His head.
He did it for you, He did it for me
He did it for every-one, who will believe
(John 19:30, John 3:16-18)

Chorus

Outro
Jerusalem 3pm
The world was rocked
Jerusalem 3 p.m.
He bowed Head
And gave His life away
The world was rocked
Jerusalem 3pm
It is finished
that’s what He said
The world was rocked
Jerusalem 3 p.m.

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from Storm The Gates (2016), released April 26, 2016
All tracks created by Pastor Brad

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