Songs of faith and devotion

“I’m not religious, but I feel so moved,” Madonna once sang, and on Passion Weekend that’s how these holy days unfurl for this former Catholic. The following prayers, laments, and supplications move me beyond measure.

1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Khena Ghalat Ghalat To Chhupana Sahi Sahi
2. Al Green – Jesus is Waiting
3. Bob Dylan – Every Grain of Sand
4. Johnny Cash – Why Me Lord
5. Aretha Franklin – Mary Don’t You Weep
6. The Staple Sisters – I’ll Take You There
7. The Velvet Underground – Jesus
8. Roxy Music – Psalm
9. Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton – When I Get Where I’m Going
10. Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
11. Carrie Underwood – Jesus, Take the Wheel
12. The Killers – All The Things That I’ve Done
13. Prince – The Cross
14. George Jones – Family Bible
15. Randy Travis – Three Wooden Crosses
16. Amy Grant – Lead Me On
17. The Doobie Brothers – Jesus Is Just Alright
18. ZZ Top – Jesus Just Left Chicago
19. Big Star – Jesus Christ
20. Madonna – Like a Prayer
21. George Michael – Jesus to a Child
22. Lupe Fiasco – Muhammad Walks
23. Stephanie Mills – I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love
24. Merle Haggard – Jesus Take a Hold
25. Nas – God Love Us
26. Stevie Wonder – Have a Talk with God
27. Talk Talk – New Grass
28. John Cale – Hallelujah
29. Van Morrison – Give Me My Rapture
30. David Bowie – Word on a Wing

3 thoughts on “Songs of faith and devotion

  1. Oh man, i totally spaced on Jesus is Waiting. What an amazing track. Those vocal overdubs always blow my mind. A sort of gospel call and response between Rev. Al, himself and his maker. Just gorgeous it is.

  2. I had that track (the Al Green one) on a compilation of semi-random tunes from the record collection of my old friend Dave Roth, back in the late eighties. Consisting of primarily post-punk no hit wonders, the old Reverend Green REALLY stood out in that context. I’ve even heard it whilst tripping on LSD, and it “worked” beautifully . Thanks for the reintroduction.

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