Soon spinning on a cd player near me...I hope. Derek Webb's 'She Must and Shall Go Free is an amazing, cutting, inspiring essay on the church. Of particular note is a tune called The Wedding Dress...download the mp3 right here. Yes, it's legal. Check out these lyrics depicting the church as a troubled bride. Rumor mill has it that the last lines are a dig at those who would commodify the christian experience into a tshirt or coffee table book.

The Wedding Dress

If you could love me as a wife
and for my wedding gift, your life
should that be all I'd ever need
or is there more I'm looking for

and should I read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
to make me handsome, rich, and wise
is that really what you want

I am a whore I do confess
but I put you on just like a wedding dress
and I run down the aisle
I'm a prodigal with no way home
but I put you on just like a ring of gold
and I run down the aisle to you

so could you love this bastard child
though I don't trust you to provide
with one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side
I am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers so less wild
that I would take a little cash
over your very flesh and blood


because money cannot buy
a husband's jealous eye
when you have knowingly deceived his wife


Webb's always been the writing backbone of Caedmon's Call - nice to see him launch solo.

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