Jesus Is On The Wire

from by Thea Hopkins

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This song is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shepard. It was recorded by the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary in 2004 & 2010.


Run-down church, red clay
River covered in a smoky haze
Sunday morning, the fires out
Sunday morning, no one about
The earth is soft, this time of year
Boots get caked from there to here
Down the road, route 25
Found this boy barely alive

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher

Took him down, off a fence
Cold as ice, almost dead
They said that he slept with guys
They said that he was gonna die

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher

Sometimes at night you hear the sound
Of cars that stop where he was found
A small white cross, Wyoming skies
Mark the place where that boy died

(Chorus) Jesus is on the wire
So far away, higher and higher (repeat)

Copyright 2001 TheaHopkins


from Chickasaw, track released July 1, 2008



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"Thea Hopkins is one of the most poetic, literate and powerfully moving of the new singer/songwriters to emerge on the scene in the last few years." -- Peter, Paul & Mary

Critically acclaimed Boston performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music American Short Story Folk: concise, striking narratives, they tell of American romance and tragedy in modern terms.
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