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

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