E: Estelle, it always moves me when I see that one of your hymns is scheduled... in fact sometimes it moves me out of the church completely. Welcome back.
EW: It's great to be with you again, Eccles. You're really going to appreciate this hymn.
E: "Moses, I know you're the man" the Lord said.
"You're going to work out my plan..."
I've got it - A man, a plan, a canal - Panama! One of the world's great palindromes!
Moses's cunning plan is to lead his people across the Panama canal.
EW: No, no, Eccles, no canals. What the Lord says next is that Moses should lead the Israelites out of slavery and He will make them a wandering race, called the people of God.
E: Well that's a very good offer, if you like wandering, I suppose. Are you sure that the wandering idea didn't come later, when the Israelites started misbehaving? It's not in the original contract.
EW: Let me sing the chorus, Eccles, as you'll have to sing it four times yourself:
So ev'ry day we're on our way, for we're a travelling, wandering race called the people of God.E: I see... well, no, I don't. You're identifying us with the Israelites lost in the desert? Or some other walking party?
Is Estelle White thinking of us?
EW: Anyway, the rest of the hymn simply wrote itself. I rang all the changes on travelling, wandering, vagabond, moving... until I ran out of steam.
E: With some brilliant couplets on the way, I see.
Don't get too set in your ways, Each step is only a phase.This doesn't actually make a lot of sense if you think about it, does it? I would have preferred:
I seem to be lost in a maze: It must be one of those days.
EW: Try this instead:
Look at the birds in the air, They fly unhampered by care.E: With respect, Estelle, are we not getting away from the main message of the song? We're having a race.
We're a travelling wandering race.
EW: Well, nearly right, Eccles. Anyway I am delighted to know that at least three separate people nominated my hymn.
E: Yes, I've arranged counselling for them. Estelle, thank you very much.
Previous entries for the Eccles Bad Hymn Award:
Lord of the Dance.
Shine, Jesus, shine.
Enemy of apathy.
Walk in the Light.
Kum Ba Yah. Follow me. God's Spirit is in my heart. Imagine. Alleluia Ch-ch.
It ain't necessarily so. I, the Lord of sea and sky. Colours of day. The red flag.
Go, the Mass is ended. I watch the sunrise. Bind us together, Lord. Our god reigns.
My way. Ding-Dong! The witch is dead. If I were a butterfly.
Journeys ended, journeys begun. The Galilee song. The perfect face.
Jesus Christ the apple tree. On eagle's wings.