I had a friend who had the uncanny ability to take any song that he liked and  turn it into a Christian song. If the song had the word “hallelujah” or “Jesus” in it then it was a no brainer that the song was confirming the Christian faith and was suitable for singing as Christian testimony. Some of his conclusions were nonsense of course, but still, it was amazing to watch him turn secular music into the sacred. He actually did this with “Be True to Your School” by the Beach Boys.

To the best of my knowledge, Bruce Springsteen is not a believer, although I suppose the possibility is there (yes, I know he votes for Obama). Alice Cooper is on his way to heaven with me and I am glad for it. You can check that one out here.

The point here is that Springsteen has a song that has strong Christian undertones, maybe even overtones. I have no idea if this is intentional or not. I do not know what went through his mind when he put this song together. But I do know that his song “Land of Hope and Glory” is not hard to turn into a Christian song. Look at these lyrics.

Grab your ticket and your suitcase, thunder’s rolling down this track

Well, you don’t know where you’re going now, but you know you won’t be back
Well, darling, if you’re weary, lay your head upon my chest
We’ll take what we can carry, yeah, and we’ll leave the rest

Well, big wheels roll through the fields where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you and I’ll stand by your side
You’ll need a good companion now for this part of the ride
Yeah, leave behind your sorrows, let this day be the last
Well, tomorrow there’ll be sunshine and all this darkness past

Well, big wheels roll through fields where sunlight streams
Oh, meet me in a land of hope and dreams

Well, this train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls

I said, this train, dreams will not be thwarted
This train, faith will be rewarded
This train, hear the steel wheels singing
This train, bells of freedom ringing

Yes, this train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls

I said, this train carries broken-hearted
This train, thieves and sweet souls departed
This train carries fools and kings thrown
This train, all aboard

I said, now this train, dreams will not be thwarted
This train, faith will be rewarded
This train, the steel wheels singing
This train, bells of freedom ringing

Come on this train
People get ready
You don’t need no ticket
Oh, you gotta do this
Just get onboard
Onboard this train (this train, now)
People get ready
You don’t need no ticket (oh now, no you don’t)
You don’t need no ticket
You just get onboard (people get ready)
You just thank the Lord (people get ready)
You just thank the Lord (people get ready)
You just thank the Lord (people get ready)
(Come on this train, people get ready)
(Come on this train, people get ready)

So here it is. Enjoy. And if this type of music isn’t your thing then you can go here and hear about a train that we know is meant to refer to the trip to glory.

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