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Editor’s Note: Bruce Springsteen released the song “Jesus Was An Only Son” on his 2005 album, Devils and Dust. Words and music follow below.

Well Jesus was an only son
As he walked up Calvary Hill
His mother Mary walking beside him
In the path where his blood spilled

Jesus was an only son
In the hills of Nazareth
As he lay reading the Psalms of David
At his mother’s feet

A mother prays, “Sleep tight, my child, sleep well
For I’ll be at your side
That no shadow, no darkness, no tolling bell
Shall pierce your dreams this night”

In the garden at Gethsemane
He prayed for the life he’d never live
He beseeched his Heavenly Father to remove
The cup of death from his lips

Now there’s a loss that can never be replaced
A destination that can never be reached
A light you’ll never find in another’s face
A sea whose distance cannot be breached

Well Jesus kissed his mother’s hands
Whispered, “Mother, still your tears
For remember the soul of the universe
Willed a world and it appeared”

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Editor’s Note: The featured image is “Christ Bearing the Cross” by Bartolome Esteban Murillo.

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Published: Mar 15, 2019
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Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen (b. 1949) is an American songwriter, musician, and singer, who has performed in front of audiences since 1963. His albums include Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Born in the U.S.A. Nicknamed "The Boss," Mr. Springsteen is known for the poetry of his lyrics, which revolve around the stories of working-class Americans, his distinctive voice, and his lengthy and energetic stage performances. He is the recipient of an Academy Award, twenty Grammy Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr. Springsteen's autobiography is Born To Run.
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