Come As You Are (revised version)

Come As You Are (revised version)

Bruce Dawe

A song which seems to sum up the laissez faire attitude to worship now manifesting itself in many churches prompted one of Australia's leading poets to write his own version.

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Come as you are,
Come with bare midriff,
Neckline that plunges,
Rings in your nose,
Here you're on home-ground,
Nothing here's special,
Remember: in New Church
Anything goes!

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Come as you are,
We've all gone folksy,
Can't you just tell it?
- Look at our clothes ...
Who needs old hymn-books?
When we like hymns mawky
Doctrine and symbol
Each of us loathes ...

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Come as you are,
You'll find us singing
Pop-songs to Jesus,
Marshmellow words ...
Traditional reverence?
That's out-of-fashion.
Transcendent worship?
That's for the birds!

-Bruce Dawe-

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