You’ve Got a Friend

James Taylor is one of my all-time favorite singers.  I guess I owe that to my uncle, who would strum a guitar and sing James’s music around a campfire as I sat and listened while roasting marshmallows.  Campfires are the perfect atmosphere for Taylor’s songs. 

I often wonder about Jame’s faith and if he hasn’t secretly woven some hidden-Jesus-love into the songs he wrote and sang. Such is the case for this song… even though he didn’t write the song, he made it famous and I often wonder which “friend” he is really singing about.

When your down and troubled – And you need a helping hand – And nothing, whoa nothing is going right.  – Close your eyes and think of Me – And soon I will be there – To brighten up even your darkest nights.
CHORUS: You just call out My Name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running, to see you again.  Winter, spring , summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.  You’ve got a friend.
If the sky above you – Should turn dark and full of clouds – And that old north wind should begin to blow -Keep your head together and call My Name out loud – And soon I will be knocking upon your door.
Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend – People can be so cold. – They’ll hurt you and desert you, well they’ll take your soul if you let them – but don’t you let them…
CHORUS
 
 
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6 thoughts on “You’ve Got a Friend

  1. Won’t you look down upon me, Jesus
    You’ve got to help me make a stand
    You’ve just got to see me through another day
    My body’s aching and my time is at hand
    And I won’t make it any other way
    – Fire and Rain by James Taylor

    Very Jesusy I’d say

  2. At the very least, this describes the kind of friend that maybe we ought to be – following the example of Jesus as he incarnated friendship & love.

    As I watched & listened & came to the bridge about people being so cold who hurt you, desert you & take your soul if you let ’em, this time my mind went to church refugees & the abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of institutionalized hierarchy. So sad.

    So, yep, it is a good reminder to follow the example of Jesus by loving people – & for me a confirmation of my call to minister to those refugees.

    Thanks, Sherry. James has been one of my all-time favorites as well. Watching this today is healing & inspiring for me.

  3. Yep – He’s my pick for fav, although Billy and Paul are right up there. Is he? If he’s not, he’s a great conduit.

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