What If Jesus Comes Back Like That

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"What If Jesus Comes Back Like That"
Single by Collin Raye
from the album I Think About You
B-side "The Time Machine"
Released November 1996 (1996-11)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:07
Label Epic
Writer(s) Pat Bunch, Doug Johnson
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Ed Seay, John Hobbs
Collin Raye singles chronology
"Love Remains"
"What If Jesus Comes Back Like That"
"On the Verge"

"What If Jesus Comes Back Like That" is a song written by Pat Bunch and Doug Johndon, and recorded by American country music singer Collin Raye. It was released in November 1996 the fifth single from his album I Think About You.


The song is in E mixolydian (an E major scale with the seventh tone lowered by a half-step). Its main chord pattern is E-D/E-A/E.[1] In the song, the narrator questions how people would react to Jesus returning in the modern day as a hobo or a child born of a drug-addicted parent.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard gave it a positive review, saying that it "may be his most risky venture yet."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the Hot Country Singles chart dated November 25, 1995, peaking at number 57 on the December 16, 1995, chart. It spent 11 weeks on the chart on this timespan, receiving unsolicited airplay alongside Raye's then-current single "Not That Different". Upon its official release as a single, it re-entered in November 1996, reaching a new peak of number 21 on the January 4, 1997, chart. Overall, it spent 22 weeks on the charts between its two runs.[5][6]

Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 57
Chart (1996-1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 21
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 22


  1. ^ "'What If Jesus Comes Back Like That' music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian; Graff, Gary (1997). MusicHound Country. Visible Ink. 
  3. ^ Ronance, Mark; Gray, Patrick. Teaching the Bible Through Popular Culture and the Arts. Society of Biblical Lit. p. 38. 
  4. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (November 9, 1996). "Single reviews". p. 68. 
  5. ^ Jessen, Wade (January 11, 1997). "Country Corner". Billboard: 28. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 341. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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