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Thread #53373   Message #821347
Posted By: Jeanie
08-Nov-02 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Subject: RE: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Here's a song adapted and arranged by Mudcatter IanB for the CD "Compassion Road" by Caleb's Mission, produced in aid of the charity Health Help International:

The liner notes read: "A great song of brotherly love, particularly the last verse, but its origin is a complete mystery. We found the words on some obscure website, but who wrote it or what it sounded like, we haven't a clue; so we adapted the words slightly and put a tune to it."

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO OLD LUKE

Luke was an old hand at making his way,
He smelled of old whisky and he needed a shave;
His home was an alley off Eighth Avenue,
And if you had a minute - or an hour or two,
He'd tell you the gospel according to Luke.

Luke carried his Bible in a brown paper bag,
He wiped off his brow with a dirty old rag,
He'd tell you straight out just the way he believed,
I remember the morning he first preached to me,
He said:'Faith in the good Lord is all that you need'.

He said:'Give to your brother if he is in need,
Offer up thanks for the things you receive.
There's treasure in heaven for the generous few',
And that was the gospel, according to Luke.

Just a week ago Wednesday, I saw him again,
Down at the mission, surrounded by friends,
Handing out all the coins he'd collected that week,
Luke could practise just what he preached,
He said: 'You guys need this a lot more than me'.

He said: 'Give to your brother if he is in need,
Offer up thanks for the things you receive.
There's treasure in heaven for the generous few',
And that was the gospel, according to Luke.

So I took him for breakfast at the Good Eats Cafe,
Bacon and eggs, hot toast and tea.
He was hungry and ragged, hadn't eaten in days,
But I was the one who felt out of place
When he folded his hands, bowed his head and said Grace.

Recording and chords available, if you are interested, Muggletonian.

Cheers,
- jeanie