“Time in Babylon” by Emmylou Harris – (Are we “Doin’ time in Babylon”?)

A song written by Jill Cunnliff, Daryl Hall, and Emmylou Harris. (Video by “Heritage Church”)

Five-lane highway danger zone
SUV and a speaker phone
You need that chrome to get you home
Doin’ time in Babyion
Cluster mansion on the hill
Another day in Pleasantville
You don’t like it take a pill
Doin’ time in Babyion

In the land of the proud and free
You can sell your soul and your dignity
For fifteen minutes on TV
Doin’ time in Babyion
So suck the fat, cut the bone
Fill it up with silicone
Everybody must get cloned
Doin’ time in Babyion

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn
The crows are in the corn
The morning sky is red and falling down
The piper’s at the till
He’s coming for the kill
Luring all our children underground in Babyion

We came frorn apple pie and mom
Thru Civil Rights and Ban the Bomb
To Watergate and Vietnam Hard times in Babyion
Rallied ’round the megaphone
Gave it up, just got stoned
Now it’s Prada, Gucci and Perron
Doin’ time in Babyion

Get results, get ’em fast
We’re ready if you got the cash
Someone else will be laughin’ last
Doin’ time in Babyion
So put that conscience on the shelf
Keep the best stuff for yourself
Let the rest fight over what is left
Doin’ time in Babyion

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn
The crows are in the corn
The morning sky is red and falling down
Let your song of healing spark
A way out of this dark
Lead us to a higher and a holy ground

Several observations:

  • It is a great song!
  • “Babylon” today is not a literal city, such as the one that Sadaam Hussein was supposedly¬†rebuilding.
  • The last use of the name “Babylon” in the Bible is in Revelation 18 and it is the subject of the whole chapter.
  • My own method for interpreting Revelation 18 is to apply the following test to any world empire: “If the shoe fits, wear it.”
  • This song’s lyric is printed and briefly interpreted in the book “Out of Babylon” by Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann. (There is a link on the picture for more info)

out-of-babylon

A few questions:

  • Is America today fulfilling the prophecy of “Babylon”?
  • Is everything OK in America/Babylon?
  • Is there any real hope for those that are “doin’ time in Babylon”?
  • Is the Bible relevant or irrelevant regarding these questions?

I am reading the book by Brueggemann and may post what he says concerning our prospects regarding “Babylon.”

Questions, comments, etc. are always welcome! Thank you,

BMC @ Manifest Propensity

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