HE'S BACK IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING (words by Fred Kaan)
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He’s back in the land of the living,
the Man we decided to kill,
He’s standing among us, forgiving
our guilt of the Good Friday hill.
He calls us to share in his rising
to abandon the grave of our past,
he offers us present and future,
a world that is open and vast
He’s back in the world where the living
are robbing each other of joy,
where people for gain and destruction
the powers of nature employ.
From lofty respectable motives
are crosses erected today,
for people put people on trial
and evil is having its way.
But crosses are also the symbols
of life that is given and spent;
the signs of our hope and survival,
of Easter defeating our Lent.
Through people of passion, responding
to rise against hunger and hell,
new life shall arise from the ashes
of hatred, and all shall be well!
Words Copyright © 1968 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL (www.hopepublishing.com) for the USA and Canada; and Stainer & Bell Limited, London, England, (www.stainer.co.uk) for all other territories.
Author / Composer Comments
• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 21): “[This text is] not so much a hymn as a folksong about the Resurrection and its wider ramifications. I wrote it for the Pilgrim Church in Plymouth in 1965.”Back to top