Piercing Light

by the Gospel of Barn Owl

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Written for Jeremy Bergen for Conrad Grebel's "Thinking Theologically" as part of a Masters in Theological Studies Program, the song tells the story of an Anabaptist martyr and her persecutors. It received an "A" grade (thanks Jeremy!).


A# (#G) F# G# F# F
She looks just like a priestess with her dress of fire on
A# (#G) F# G# F# F
Upon the pulpit of a pyre, her body singing soft and loud
A# F F#
A piercing light


The hands that built and lit the fire are searching for control
she is building peace on earth not opium for her soul

A piercing light

She knows that Jesus suffered and died so violence can't control
Or own all of our convictions or purify what's cultural

A piercing light
A# F f# REPEAT a lot

A# G# A# G#
Every end is just a beginning, you want change or do you just want to fit in?
A# G# F# F
Every end is just a beginning, sacrificed, burned and turned to light

Baptized with fire, baptize me holy spirit,
baptize everything that is simply self-perpetual

A# F F #
A piercing light


released March 13, 2013
Jared Both wrote, recorded and sequenced the various parts. Jon Tornblom mixed and mastered it. Brett Klassen (aka Clutch) wrote and performed the spoken word section. Troy Witherow sang backing vocals and helped to arrange a few parts. Michelle Drew listened, troubleshooted and financially backed the project. The picture is from the Martyrs Mirrors.




the Gospel of Barn Owl Hamilton, Ontario

Since releasing three albums as the Toronto band Barn Owl, songwriter Jared Both has regrouped in Hamilton as a electro garage rock project. Now the Gospel of Barn Owl, the band continues its critique of Constantinianism with experiments combining electronics and dub effects with fuzz guitars and analog synthesizers. ... more

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