SONGS OF SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO (Parody Album)
Updated: May 21, 2018
YOU AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE (parody of You Ain't Goin' Nowhere by Bob Dylan)
This new parody replaces The Name of Jesus on the album. It's all about the Rapture, which I believe will come soon. It references trying to do things on your own (and how we need to surrender to Jesus for His success). It also talks about the six foolish virgins in the Bible who missed out on the Wedding Feast because they were unprepared. When they tried to enter the Kingdom, they were told "sorry, I never knew you." What horrible words to hear from Jesus! If you are reading this, I hope you know (as the song says) "There's only one way, through Christ Jesus" to get to Heaven.
I AM A PILGRIM (cover of traditional song, arranged by R. McGuinn, C. Hillman)
This old gospel song was covered by the Byrds on their album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Here I pay tribute to it by doing a cover version.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE (aka I LIKE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by the Louvin Brothers)
One of my all-time favorite Christian songs and I love the Byrds cover, even if some said McGuinn's voice imitation of Gram Parsons' original vocal seems parodied. Here I have chosen to use the Louvin Brothers' original lyrics for the song from their classic album SATAN IS REAL (1959).
YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING (parody of You Don't Miss Your Water by William Bell)
This parody of the song talks about how each person needs to know Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. It speaks of some of my past before coming to the Lord: "I was a playboy; I could not be true." Jesus was always near, patiently waiting until I was ready to come to Him, PTL.
TONIGHT JESUS HEALED MY HEART [Medley]
(Cover of You're Still On My Mind by Luke McDaniel.) and...
(Parody of Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down by Merle Haggard.)
The combination of these two songs seems natural to me. It tells the story of a man who has lost in love and finds out that alcohol doesn't seem to numb his pain. Some of that relates to my past as well. Only Jesus can heal and deliver people from alcoholism.
JOHN THE BAPTIST (parody of Pretty Boy Floyd by Woodie Guthrie)
Instead of the story of Pretty Boy Floyd, I thought I'd rather sing about John the Baptist, who certainly had a very interesting story. Basically I have told the entire story in the parody lyrics. Forerunner of Christ who ended up losing his head...literally!
CALLIN' THE NAME (parody of Hickory Wind by Gram Parsons and Bob Buchanan)
This song replaces Serve the Lord with Gladness on the album. I was able to include some of my own childhood facts in the story. When we are in trouble or need comfort, direction and fellowship, call upon the name of Jesus!
100 YEARS FROM NOW (When Jesus Comes Back)
(Parody of 100 Years from Now by Gram Parsons.)
To set the record straight, the song does not say that it will be 100 years before Christ returns. He could come while you are reading this! But no one knows the hour or the day, not Jesus nor the angels in heaven, but only the Father.
Are you ready to go? Do you know for sure that Jesus has saved you? You can know by the Scriptures and by giving yourself completely to Him in prayer. Be sure to open up your heart and receive the Holy Spirit who will come in, just as He did when I received the Lord.
GATES OF THE CITY (parody of Blue Canadian Rockies by Cindy Walker)
This replaces Amazing Grace on the album. It talks about how the death of my parents was especially hard for me as a single person. I'm learning to trust in Jesus for everything and have written another song on that subject (not on this album) called As I Lay Down (Not Alone). One day there will be a wonderful reunion in heaven when I get there!
LIFE IN HEAVEN (parody of Life in Prison by M. Haggard, J. Saunders)
Who knew that a maudlin song about wishing for death in prison could be such an uplifting song? In spite of all the morbidity of Life in Prison, I always found it uplifting (at least on The Byrds album). I decided it would make a good parody of a man who is sentenced to death (or life in prison) but fears dying. Once he accepts Jesus as his savior, he is comforted knowing that whether he lives or dies, he belongs to the Lord.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE (parody of Nothing was Delivered by Bob Dylan.)
This song replaces Now the Day is Over on the album. I'm most proud of writing parody lyrics which sound like Dylan's song. The Lord gave me 4 parodies when I asked Him for them. Four of the songs on this album were originally mashups and had hymn lyrics, but the owners refused to allow the mashups, so I asked God to give me 4 parodies and He did. It talks about how nothing is impossible when you're dealing with God. It also addresses giving control over to Him daily. I've found that even though I always tried to order out my days, His ways are higher and better. So part of the lyrical content is about trying and failing to do things your own way. Submit to Jesus and you'll be surprised how well things work out--not necessarily like we thought they would or wanted them to--but for the best.
THE NEW CHRISTIAN LIFE (original song I wrote in 1985 as a tribute song to The Christian Life by the Louvin Bros.)
You'll see many similarities to The Christian Life which I have rewritten into a brand-new song that can stand on its own. This is one of two songs inspired by The Christian Life. Another (not on this album) is called Just Because (from the album "fOR THE LORD"). The musical style here is not Louvin Brothers or Byrds, but rather like Jerry Jeff Walker (if he would get saved).
A CHILD OF THE KING (demo)
(a mashup of the hymn by Harriett Buell [public domain] and music The Wildwood Flower by A. P. Carter [public domain]. The only song with no copyrights except mine as arranger. This song proves to be a favorite of mine and those who hear it.
Removed from the album for legal reasons was the mashup
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY by John Peterson and Alfred Smith. Music by A.P. Carter I Am Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes. Sadly, I'm not allowed to sell this one or distribute it at all. (But sometimes I can still sing it for free.)