Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Crumbling Fortress Is Our Works

Here is a little parody I wrote based on Martin Luther's wonderful hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God".

(To the tune of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"; with special thanks to Pastor Matt Troupe who preached on "legalism" this morning...)

A crumbling fortress is our works
A bulwark ever failing
Though labors, works, and laws we keep
Our system still is ailing
The heart of darkness grim
Will take us to the brim
Of legal righteousness
Then crush us under foot
We smile and efforts greater seek

Though we in works of pie'ty trust
Our super systems' still a bust
We will hold over all our friends
A standard without loving ends
A hammer we will yield
Hypocrisy's our shield
Our banner is our law
A double standard true
We're good because we pay our dues

(Key change...)

So give it all you've really got
And hope that you will make it too
We've tithed our mint and strained our gnat
We love our bread and camel stew
If legalism's sought
A hearty dose we've got
Come bathe in standards strict
Your conscience is a wreck
Just work your fingers to the bone

Weird Al (Sing to "Amen")


Matt Troupe said...

This made me laugh! what a clever rendition of the song. May God help us to laugh at our laughable works!

Rich Barcellos said...

OK; who wrote this - Weird AL or Weird Dan?