Been thinking about the word ‘PREACH’ today
How Madonna implored her Papa not to
Would have been a waste of time anyway
She’d already made up her mind
And Stevie Wonder beseeched the PREACHERS
To keep on PREACHIN’ to reach the higher ground
Drake said it six times – I don’t know why
PREACH PREACH PREACH – that’s three
PREACH PREACH PREACH – and that makes six
I guess he wanted to press the point home
And the only one who could ever reach Dusty
You guessed it, was the son of a PREACHER man
Yes he was, ooh yes he was, he was, he was
Yes I think we got the message Dusty
Aren’t we told to practise what we PREACH?
And aren’t we told not to be too PREACHY?
Hellfire PREACHERS do it with damnation
Missionary PREACHERS do it the world over
Evangelists do it disguised as door-to-door salesmen
Beware the black suits and shiny white teeth
AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU
It’s all very blah and contradictory
To PREACH, by implication, is to refuse debate?
I PREACH therefore I am right. Right?
Whether it’s from the Lord or from the heart
About global climate change or sport
Politics and ethics, pacifist or militarist
You gotta believe in your chosen message
Whether illogical or not it doesn’t much matter
To PREACH without being PREACHY
Well it’s nigh on impossible surely?
And the role of the poet in all of this?
To try and express what we feel not how to feel
Not as a PREACHER or as a leader
But as a reflection of us all
I believe John Lennon said that
Go tell it on the mountain folks
And don’t forget your kids.
with thanks to:
& The Wilburn Brothers