Coming out of Mass today I heard the bells of another Church chiming. Now I happen to love the sounds of church bells, but I think I have been scarred for life. The bells were chiming Lord of the Dance. All I could think was:
Run then, wherever you may be
Through the parking lot, said he!
And get in the car, hurriedly that you may flee
And escape that insipid song, said he!
Partly inspired by Jesus, and partly by a statue of Shiva as Nataraja, Sydney wrote the lyrics "Lord Of The Dance" in 1963, as an adaptation of Joseph Brackett’s "Simple Gifts", and a tribute to Shaker music. He later stated, "I did not think the churches would like it at all. I thought many people would find it pretty far flown, probably heretical and anyway dubiously Christian. But in fact people did sing it and, unknown to me, it touched a chord… Anyway, it’s the sort of Christianity I believe in." [Source]
Why am I not surprised?