Jesus Christ (Woody Guthrie song)

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"Jesus Christ"
Song by Woody Guthrie
Released1956 (1956)
GenreAmerican folk
Songwriter(s)Woody Guthrie

"Jesus Christ" is a song written in 1940 by Woody Guthrie. The song argues that Jesus would have been killed by modern capitalist society much as he was in his own time.[1] The song was partially sung and played on the piano by the Guthrie character in the biographical film Bound For Glory, set to the same tune as the folk ballad "Jesse James".

"I wrote this song looking out of a rooming house window in New York City in the winter of Nineteen and Forty. I thought I had to put down on paper how I felt about the rich folks and the poor ones."[2]

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  1. ^ Woody Guthrie Lyrics
  2. ^ Woody Guthrie, quoted by Millard Lampell, liner notes for Bound For Glory: The Songs and Story of Woody Guthrie, FOLKWAYS FA 2481, 1956, p. 8.

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