I will Abide (to the tune of I Will Survive)

I write this song as my initial goodbye.  I have wanted desperately to depart for a long time.  I plan on writing about the process of me leaving, here.  At this time I anticipate a few posts around the events leading up to my decision to stop being a minister, end my Christian faith, and to step away from the church universal.  This song is a playful way to introduce this topic.

 

 

At first, I was vexed, I was horrified.

Kept thinking, I could never live without you by my side.

But then I spent so many years thinking, how you did me wrong.

And I became convinced that I had to move along.

 

 

And so you’re back from Arnold’s Place.

I knocked over your flannelgraph that spawned your frowny face.

I should have repurposed that box.

I should have hid your tacky tape.

I should have known you would guilt me with eternity.

 

 

Go on now, point out my flaws, I’ve tuned you out now.

‘Cause I’m not welcome as I am.

Weren’t you the one, who demanded I tone it down?

Did you think I’d submit? Did you think I’d passively apply?

 

 

Oh, no, not I, I will Abide.

Oh, as long as I know how to serve, I know I’ll feel alive

I’ve got all my life to give, I’ve got all my love to live

And I’ll abide, I will abide, hey, hey.

 

 

It took all the faith I had not to utterly depart.

Kept trying hard to rend the pieces of my heretic’s heart.

And I spent, oh, so many years feeling shame for myself.

I did cry but now I hold my chin up high.

 

 

And you see me, a youthful giving tree.

I’m not the replacement part to your 68 Corvette.

You complain about my dress and demand I carry your legacy.

My bad, I’m saving all my faith for someone who has faith in me.

 

 

Go on now, go, close the door, I’m not interested in your diet gospel.

‘Cause I’m not welcome as I am.

Weren’t you the one, who demanded I tone it down?

Did you think I’d submit? Did you think I’d passively apply?

 

 

Oh, no, not I, I will Abide.

Oh, as long as I know how to serve, I know I’ll feel alive

I’ve got all my life to give, I’ve got all my love to live

And I’ll abide, I will abide, hey, hey.

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