His Old Name

by Eli Parker

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jesus christ called
and said we got his name
wrong
he’s a little black boy
with a hoop in the hall
running down the street with
a bat and a ball
going to meet his friends at the park
to play
or waiting on his mother in the shopping mall

jesus christ called
said we got his name
wrong
he’s working in the fields
picking produce for pay
on AM radio he hears them say
his family and friends aren’t the same
as the people who buy what he picks all day

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s trying to explain to his mom and dad
that he’s in love with another man
but his old name gets in the way
and blocks the talk like water on a massive dam

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s stuck in his body and he can’t relate
to way he’s built and the way he’s made
he wants to feel real and right a mistake
and have a perfect body on the 3rd day

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s waited so long just to be heard
wants people to remember his family lived here first
an acre of land only goes so far
when everyone forgets who you are

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s practiced his religion since he was a kid
now people protest the building he’s in
tell him he’s a murdering misogynist
and that america doesn’t want him

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s getting cat called on the way to work
he carries pepper spray and a knife in his purse
he can hardly sleep though 4 years passed
since he was followed home from the laundromat

jesus christ called
said we got his name wrong
he’s the little black boy with the
hoop in the hall
running down the street with a bat and a ball
he wont let things done in his old name
make him feel like a
nonperson.

credits

released 27 November 2014
written and recorded by Eli Parker

cover art by Jamie McGraw

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