Tom Jones Teaches Christian Ethics…..!?

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Ethics, Music

As a youngster growing up in Scotland in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s I winced when I heard Tom Jones songs on the radio!  Classics such as What’s New Pussycat? left me emotionally traumatised and vaguely suspicious of Welsh men who wear tight trousers!

But……and I never imagined I would say this…….Jones’ latest album, Praise & Blame is tremendous This, his 39th studio album, contains little known devotional and gospel covers which Jones’ voice renders as evocative and poignant in their ability to make the listener stop and think.

Maturity is a great thing.  Now in his 70’s Jones’ voice is as good as, if not better, than it’s ever been, his appeal is broadening and in reflective mood he’s branching off into existentialist and ethical philosophy.  As for me, I’m glad to say that I now fully embrace all things Welsh……..although I’m still wary of tight trousers.  So thanks Tom!

Here’s an excerpt from the lyrics of my favourite track on the album – Did Trouble Me – written by Susan Werner:

When I close my eyes, so I would not see,
My Lord did trouble me.
When I let things stand that should not be,
My Lord did trouble me.

Did trouble me,
With a word or a sign,
With a ring of a bell in the back of my mind.
Did trouble me,
Did stir my soul,
For to make me human, to make me whole.

When I slept too long and I slept too deep,
Put a worrisome vision into my sleep.
When I held myself away and apart,
And the tears of my brother didn’t move my heart.

Did trouble me,
With a word and a sign,
With a ringing of a bell in the back of my mind.
Did trouble me,
Did stir my soul
For to make me human, to make me whole.

And of this I’m sure, of this I know:
My Lord will trouble me.
Whatever I do, wherever I go,
My Lord will trouble me.

In the whisper of the wind, in the rhythm of a song
My Lord will trouble me.
To keep me on the path where I belong,
My Lord will trouble me.

And here’s the official ‘Did Trouble Me’ video from Tom Jones courtesy of youtube:

 
 

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Comments
  1. none says:

    rejoicing over one sinner that repents…
    Wonderful!!!

    Like

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