Can't Go Around The Cross - 2019

from by Terry Scott Taylor

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I’m not certain as to when I wrote this number (I imagine it was sometime in the late seventies when Daniel Amos’s musical emphasis was still on the folk/country stuff), and I don’t know exactly why DA never recorded it since, I’m fairly certain, it would have found great favor with our early fans. Anyway, when Gene Eugene suggested I produce the band “Mercy River” for their debut album “Coyote Moon”, I dusted the song off and presented it to them. The co-founder of Mercy River was an excellent steel guitar player named Greg Kellogg, who also happened to be a member of the Lost Dogs at the time. The band immediately took a shine to the tune, which was fortunate since it might have never seen the light of day had it been otherwise. “Cross” is a fairly straight forward presentation of the Gospel and like many of DA’s early tunes, it contains a good dose of humor to help the medicine go down.

lyrics

5. You Can’t Go Around The Cross
words and music: Terry Scott Taylor

Some people think they’re Christian ‘cos they’re born in the U.S. of A.
But wavin’ ol’ glory never took a sin away
I ain’t knockin’ Betsy Ross
But a patriot can still be lost
And if you wanna get to heaven
You can’t go around the cross
Well you can quit your cussin’ and smoke no cigarettes,
Stop your fightin’ and fussin’, never ever gamble or bet,
Not cheat, steal, or touch the sauce,
Love your wife and please your boss,
But if you wanna get to heaven
You can’t go around the cross
I ain’t talkin’ ‘bout religion, or payin’ no monthly dues,
Singin’ in the choir, or Sunday morning warmin’ the pews
You can sit there ‘till you gather moss
But in the end you’ll have to count the cost
‘Cos if you wanna get to heaven
You can’t go around the cross
You can vegetate, migrate, lay prostrate, elevate,
Rotate, salivate, gyrate, and meditate,
Let every pudgy maharaja tell you what he thinks is the Truth,
But Jesus is the only one who gave his own life for you
Well, some people think they’re Christian ‘cos they’re born in the U.S. of A.
But wavin’ old glory never took a sin away
I ain’t knockin’ Betsy Ross,
But a patriot can still be lost
And if you wanna get to heaven, you can’t
If you wanna get to heaven, you can’t
If you wanna get to heaven
You can’t go around the cross

credits

from Bedroom Demos - Vol. 24, released May 6, 2019
guitar and vocal: T.S. Taylor

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