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Song Squawk – Bannerman

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occasionally I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

Bannerman – by Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor, in my humble opinion, was an ace at sarcasm, and provided much truth through a seemingly silly song.

One man’s grinning from behind the net
Waits ’til the camera’s adjusted
Don’t you worry ’bout the flak you’ll get?
Aren’t you scared of getting busted?
The ball gets booted, it hits the crossbeam
Up goes the banner, John 3:16

Oh, he don’t worry ’bout the critics
(They tow the line)
He don’t worry ’bout the cynics
(They live to whine)
He ain’t gonna change the world
But he knows who can
Bannerman

Prime time football in the Buffalo snow
Freezing his little epidermis
Lifts that banner at the first field goal
Drinks clam chowder from a thermos
He’s never missed a game, he never spells it wrong
He never talks back when they tell him “move along”

Oh, he don’t worry ’bout the critics
(They’ll howl for days)
He don’t worry bout the cynics
(They navel-gaze)
He ain’t gonna change the world
But he knows who can
Bannerman

Sports fans everywhere are dying for a drink
But they’ve gotta find the well first
One man’s ready with a banner and a wink
A whole lotta souls are getting well-versed
Every time I see him, I smile a little more
I can’t help praying for another high score


Oh, he don’t worry ’bout the critics
(They’ll howl for days)
He don’t worry bout the cynics
(They navel-gaze)
He ain’t gonna change the world
But he knows who can
Bannerman

He don’t worry ’bout the critics
(They’ve met their match)
No, he don’t worry ’bout the cynics
(They sniff and scratch)
He ain’t gonna change the world
But he knows who can
Bannerman

Take a listen!

Bannerman – by Steve Taylor

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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