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Jerusalem Tomorrow
David Olney Lyrics

Man, you should have seen me way back then
I could tell a tale I could make it spin
I could tell you black was white
I could tell you day was night

Not only that I could tell you why
Back then I could really tell a lie
Well, I'd hire a kid to say he was lame
Then I'd touch him and I'd make him walk again

Then I'd pull some magic trick
I'd pretend to heal the sick
I was takin' everything they had to give
It wasn't all that bad a way to live

Well, I'm in this desert town and it's hot as hell
But no one's buyin' what I got to sell
I make my lame kid walk
I make a dumb guy talk

I'm preachin' up a storm both night and day
Everyone just turns and walks away
Well, I can see that I'm only wasting time
So I head across the road to drink some wine

This old man comes up to me
He says, “I seen you on the street”
You're pretty good if I do say so myself
But the guy comes through here last month
He was somethin' else

Instead of callin' down fire from above
He just gets real quiet and talks about love
And I'll tell you somethin' funny
He didn't want nobody's money

I'm not exactly sure
What this all means
But it's the damnest thing
I swear I've ever seen

Well, since that time every town is the same
I can't make a dime I don't know why I came
I decide I'll go and find him
And find out who's behind him

He has everyone convinced that he's for real
Well, I figure we can work some kind of deal
Well, he offers me a job and I say fine
He says I'll get paid off on down the line

Well, I guess I'll string along
Don't see how too much can go wrong
As long as he pays my way I guess I'll follow
We're headed for Jerusalem tomorrow

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Edi Camon

It has been a great discovery for me.I really like his music. RIP David.


This is the most touching liric I´ve ever heard for sure!! You´re great, David and sing it clearly enough to make it clear for everyone who has a heart. Thanks, Olney!! I wish that the MAN of Jerusalem bless you!!

Matthew McLaughlin

Love this guy's music! Genius. I came to David Olney's music through Townes Van Zandt, another great songwriter in my book who said that Olney "is one of the best" and he wasn't wrong.


One of the best songs written EVER! PERIOD! Glad to have met the man in person. CLASSIC!

mattias östlund

Rest in peace Great one ❤️

Rose Nygren

Wow! I've been into music big time for quite some time and you guys are TOPS!


I was on a bill with Kevin Welch years ago, and he covered this song. I'd never heard it before. It went deep, grabbed me - scared me.


this is amazing

Doug R

Gives me shivers. The Emmylou Harris version also includes some Klezma touches.... Surely Christ is risen!

Rooks Bailey

Wow, what a great song!

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