When the Ship Comes In

I posted this in Facebook a good while ago when I first came across it. But I was reminded of it yesterday in a conversation I was having about hope and eschatology.

As Tom Wright says in his introduction, this is about the future, about hope and eschatology and is loaded with biblical imagery. The last two verses go like this:

Oh the foe will rise
With the sleep still in their eyes
And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’
And they’ll pinch themselves and squeal
And they’ll know that it’s for real
The hour when the ship comes in

And they’ll raise their hands
Sayin’ “We’ll meet all your demands”
And we’ll shout from the bow “Your days are numbered”
And like the pharoah’s triumph
They’ll be drownded in the tide
Like Goliath they’ll be conquered

©1963, 1964 Warner Bros Music 1991 (renewed) Special Rider Music (ASCAP)

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