lyrics: “1 2 free 4 me” (rejected by a Pharisee)

I was a pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With an attitude
I knew the right way
And I would tell you
I had an answer
For every question
And some evidence
To back it up
Justification

Rationalization
Argumentation
Documentation

The Pharisees Turn Away from Christ - medieval...

The Pharisees Turn Away from Christ - medieval stained glass detail, Canterbury Cathedral (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)

I won every debate
That I had with a wall
Well, according to me
Cause I was beyond flaw
Other perfectionists
Pretend to act like me
They were just wanna-bes
I was the real thing
the Queen
Of the drama
And of the tragedy
I was the expert
On anything.Then I met Josh
The one too free for me

He was a poor man
Born in the shade of a barn
From the poorest parts
Of a land of poverty and war.

He didn’t talk right
He didn’t think right
He didn’t act right
He sure didn’t shame right
He didn’t wash his hands
He broke the holy rules
He ate with pimps and whores
lawyers and thugs and fools
He was too patient
He was far too strange
He gave people relief
and taught them to be sane

So the obvious problem
Was how do we silence him

The Pharisee and the Publican by John Everett ...

The Pharisee and the Publican by John Everett Millais, published 1864, from "Illustrations to 'The parables of our Lord'", (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was 1 2 free 4 me
Way 2 free to be
walking on the same streets
As a holy pharisee

He was one too free for me

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

he was a lunatic

and a heretic
he was arrogant, insulting
and offensive
he’s not a prophet
He’s not a Moses
Who does he think he is
this young punk they call Jesus?

His stupid parables
are so confusing
what does he even mean by
“for those who have the eyes to see?”

and then he claimed to be
older than Abraham
I say he’s trying to overthrow

our revolution

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting...

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting by Cristiano Banti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribut...

Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribute money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mean next thing you know
he’ll probably claim that the earth
goes around the sun
of god



Again the basic problem
Was how do we silence him

He was 1 2 free 4 me
Way 2 free to be
walking on the same streets
As a holy pharisee

Muhammad leads Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other...

Muhammad leads Abraham, Moses, Jesus and others in prayer. Persian miniature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


He was one too free for me

He was a major threat
to my vanity
my animosity
my suffering
my hypocrisy
my idolatry
my shame and my hate and my identity
Pharisee and Publican - Tewkesbury Abbey

Pharisee and Publican - Tewkesbury Abbey (Photo credit: Walwyn)

This new song is something of a variation on the theme of “the one too free for you” from March 2011:

Acts 5:34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who 

But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the
people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a 
//bible.cc/acts/5-34.htm - 17k

Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee 

“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 
One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 
//bible.cc/luke/18-10.htm - 16k

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I 

The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not
like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector 
//bible.cc/luke/18-11.htm - 17k

Luke 7:39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man
were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is 
//bible.cc/luke/7-39.htm - 18k

Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup 

….. Blind Pharisee! First  You blind Pharisee! First 
//bible.cc/matthew/23-26.htm - 16k

Luke 7:37 When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town 

When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating
at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume 
//bible.cc/luke/7-37.htm - 17k

Luke 11:38 But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first 

But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal, was surprised. 
//bible.cc/luke/11-38.htm - 16k

Luke 11:37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited 

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat
with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 
//bible.cc/luke/11-37.htm - 16k

Luke 7:36 Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner 

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he
went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 
//bible.cc/luke/7-36.htm - 16k

Luke 14:1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a 

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent
Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 
//bible.cc/luke/14-1.htm - 16k

Acts 23:6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and 

Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called
out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee 
//bible.cc/acts/23-6.htm - 18k

Philippians 3:5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of 

circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee 
//bible.cc/philippians/3-5.htm - 17k

Acts 26:5 They have known me for a long time and can testify, if 

They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according
to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee
//bible.cc/acts/26-5.htm - 17k

John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a 

A 19th century depiction of Galileo before the...

A 19th century depiction of Galileo before the Holy Office, by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee
Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish council. 
//bible.cc/john/3-1.htm - 15k

Luke 18:14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went 

 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. 
//bible.cc/luke/18-14.htm - 17k

Mark 2:16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him 

 But when the Scribes of the Pharisee sect saw Him eating with the sinners and the
tax-gatherers, they said to His disciples, “He is eating and drinking with 
//bible.cc/mark/2-16.htm - 17k

John 7:48 “Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in 

 Has any ruler or any Pharisee believed in him? 
//bible.cc/john/7-48.htm - 15k

Luke 7:40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you 

 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have
something to say to you.” “Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied. 
//bible.cc/luke/7-40.htm - 16k

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13 Responses to “lyrics: “1 2 free 4 me” (rejected by a Pharisee)”

  1. johnedoe Says:

    i dig it!!!!!!!!!

  2. rebecca koo Says:

    Wow! Thanks for the link! I am so impressed by all of your research and by your poem!

  3. Benjamin Lai Says:

    Great lyrics, I enjoyed the creative spin you put from the Pharisees point of view! Great work!

    • jrfibonacci Says:

      Yeah, I had a particular inspiration to do it that way. Maybe I will reveal it in the next blog. If you would like to see more like that, be sure to check my other content and subscribe to the blog.

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  7. Raquel Baranow Says:

    Ha, ha, thx 4 including a link to my pic
    “Christians” have become Pharisees
    “Saint” Paul is the problem with “Christians,” they have become Saint Paulians . . . Paul was a Pharisee.

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  9. Matthew Perri Says:

    BOSS PAUL THE PHARISEE
    [sing it to the tune of "Rapture" by Blondie]

    I’m Boss Paul, the Pharisee
    My hypocrisy’s plain for the world to see
    I travel the land and travel the sea
    to make a convert who is just like ME

    “All have sinned” – we know that’s true
    but it never means ME – it only means YOU
    My sins are all theoretical
    “I’m the worst of sinners”- but don’t ask where

    To be more like Jesus is what some strive
    except for me – I’ve already arrived
    I’m the perfect model since the road to Damascus
    What were Paul’s sins? Don’t ask us!

    I justify everything I do
    If I testify about myself it MUST be true
    I’m the only man in all history
    whose testimony doesn’t need two or three

    If I did something it MUST be right
    Don’t use the Scripture to shed any light
    Don’t do as I say, do as I do
    and then you can be a Pharisee too.

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