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"Cookie Jar" By Jack Johnson | Check This Art

I was listening to Living Bread radio 1060AM this morning and overheard a conversation Bill Donaghy had about this song, “Cookie Jar” by Jack Johnson. He got me thinking about our culture, the news lately, the words to songs and how powerful they can be.

Many “Facebook friends” wonder why does all this violence happen? How could this mindless evil happen in America, in the next State, County, or city over from me?  Where’s the accountability, the justice, the reasoning?

Here’s a song that gives some insight. The most appropriate line for me was “And if we want hell then hells what we’ll have”. Put down the various and plentiful media outlets and let’s be more accessible and “here” for each other. There’s more theology that I could comment on, but I’m trying to keep my comments “light” and seeds of thought a planting…

 

The words are:

I would turn on the TV but it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people I don’t know what they mean
And it was magic at first when they spoke without sound
But now this world is gonna hurt you better turn that thing down
Turn it around

“It wasn’t me”, says the boy with the gun
“Sure I pulled the trigger but it needed to be done
Cause life’s been killing me ever since it begun
You can’t blame me cause I’m too young”

“You can’t blame me sure the killer was my son
But I didn’t teach him to pull the trigger of the gun
It’s the killing on this TV screen
You can’t blame me it’s those images he seen”

Well “You can’t blame me”, says the media man
Well “I wasn’t the one who came up with the plan
I just point my camera at what the people want to see
Man it’s a two way mirror and you can’t blame me”

“You can’t blame me”, says the singer of the song
Or the maker of the movie which he based his life on
“It’s only entertainment and as anyone can see
The smoke machines and makeup and you can’t fool me”

It was you it was me it was every man
We’ve all got the blood on our hands
We only receive what we demand
And if we want hell then hells what we’ll have

And I would turn on the TV
But it’s so embarrassing
To see all the other people
I don’t even know what they mean
And it was magic at first
But let everyone down
And now this world is gonna hurt
You better turn it around
Turn it around

One Response to “Cookie Jar” By Jack Johnson

  1. Mary says:

    This, Monica, is thought provoking. It’s all within the words of the song. Something to think about and turn around.
    Mary

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