Lonely train

Subway tunnel

I was listening in the car on my journey home from work today to a cover-mounted CD that I got last month in Metal Hammer magazine.

The CD was called The Great Southern Trendkill. Pantera fans will already have recognised the reference; the CD contains 15 southern metal tracks from the likes of Black Label Society, Clutch, Alabama Thunderpussy, and the fabulously named Artimus Pyledriver.

It was a track called Lonely Train by Black Stone Cherry, however, that grabbed my attention. Not only is it a kick-ass southern metal song, but the lyrics have something of the gospel message in them.

Jesus said:

This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.
(John 15: 12, The Message)

Black Stone Cherry said:

I have seen my brothers
In ashes on the ground
And maybe in a new life
We can turn this thing around

But you can’t judge a book
Looking at the cover
You can’t love someone
While messing with another
No, you can’t win a war
Fighting with your brother
You wanna have peace
Gotta love one another

Here endeth the lesson. Now let’s ROCK!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot. Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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