Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Sunday School Sea Shanty, Anyone?

For church camp this year, we are doing a pirate/sailor theme, with devotional thoughts from sailing-oriented stories in the Bible. And because my brain is not only atomically-enhanced, it is also a bit mutated, I occasionally do stuff like the following:

"Jonah, Go Down!"
(to the tune of "Blow The Man Down")

The Lord spoke to Jonah, a prophet of old.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
"To Nineveh go! Preach to young and to old!"
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

"I won't go to Nineveh!" Jonah did say.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
I think that I'd rather go the other way.
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

A ship sailed for Tarshish with Jonah aboard.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
He thought he could hide from the eyes of the Lord.
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

Down in the ship's belly, so dark and so deep,
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
Jonah lay down and he fell fast asleep.
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

A storm like no other arose on the sea!
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
It threatened break her like crackers in tea!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

They prayed to their gods, but their gods couldn't hear!
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
Then tossed out their cargo, their hearts filled with fear!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

They woke up ol' Jonah to join in a game
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
Called "Let's roll the dice and see who is to blame"!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

So God caused the dice game to point Jonah out.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
He told them "My sin is what the storm's about!"
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

"To get a calm sea and a sun that is shine-y,"
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
"Toss me overboard and I'll sink in the briny!"
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

The sailors resisted, but as last resort,
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
They tossed him to starboard, or maybe to port.
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

Jonah sank under. The storm ceased it's gale.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
But God sent a rescue boat shaped like a whale!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

For three days and nights, he was inside that fish.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
He prayed, "God, I'm sorry! I'll do as you wish!"
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

"I'll go to Nineveh, and I will preach."
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
Soon Jonah was whale barf upon the beach!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

God said “Go to Nineveh!” So Jonah went.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
He preached to the people and saw them repent!
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

So God spared the people in Nineveh-town.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
But Jonah was angry and put on a frown.
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!

“You should’ve destroyed ‘em!” Jo said angrily.
Hey-Oh! Jonah, go down!
God said, “But I made them. They matter to me!”
Heed God's command! Oh, Jonah, go down!
*****

16 verses is a bit long, of course. Oh well.
I also have one brewing about Noah to the tune of a whaling song.

1 comment:

The Drive-by Blogger said...

Though neither the bible or sea shanties are my area of expertise, I'd say that's impressive.

How about one to the tune of Barnacle Bill the Sailor?