Edition: Sneaky Jesus Songs

A saintly social justice mash-up

11 January 2022 EH

Regular readers will be familiar with our ‘Sneaky Jesus Songs’ series that highlights songs with lyrics that, if looked at in a certain light, could be seen as religious hymns. Inspired by that series, we’ve put a mash-up of tunes that could be related to the stories of some inspiring social justice saints.

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The Sneaky Stations of the Cross Playlist

11 January 2022 EH

Where most people hear trashy pop songs, we hear songs that, with a little imagination, could be used to connect people with God. This ‘sneaky’ playlist makes a journey through the Stations of the Cross, using music you’d normally only find on the radio.

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Sneaky Christmas songs

11 January 2022 EH

Forget the annual online arguments about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. This year, we’re talking about pop songs that are secretly Christmas carols. Here’s a few songs that remind us of some of the essential parts of Christmas. Can you think of any to add to the list?

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Sneaky Jesus songs: 'Lanterns' Birds of Tokyo

10 January 2022 EH

'Lanterns', by Birds of Tokyo, is a song about being called out of a place of darkness, and into a new place that is ‘calling out’ to us. 

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Sneaky Jesus Songs: ‘Fix You’

10 January 2022 EH

‘Fix You’ by Coldplay is about the times in life when nothing is going right and you feel stuck. But there is something greater that cares for you and will see you through: God.

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Sneaky Jesus songs: 'Blackfella/ Whitefella' by Warumpi Band

10 January 2022 EH

'Blackfella/Whitefella' by Warumpi Band is a song about forgetting the colour of another’s skin, where they come from or their religion. All that matters is their authenticity. 

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Sneaky Jesus Songs: ‘Rise’ by Katy Perry 

10 January 2022 EH

The lyrics of Katy Perry’s song ‘Rise’ tell the story of a person who, when facing difficult situations, is able to ‘rise’ above them with the help of angelic inspiration.

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Sneaky Jesus song: All I am

1 October 2018 EH

A Sneaky Jesus song may not be a religious song, but that doesn't stop it from being spiritual. Jess Glynne's song 'All I Am' is a fitting anthem for those deeply in love. 

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Sneaky Jesus song: Watching the Wheels

30 August 2018 EH

A 'Sneaky Jesus song' may not be a religious tune, but that doesn't stop it from being spiritual. John Lennon rejected organised religion, but ironically lived a life that is allegorical of the Bible.

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Sneaky Jesus song – Grandmother's song

25 January 2018 EH

A ‘Sneaky Jesus song’ may not be a religious tune, but that doesn’t stop it from being deeply spiritual. Our latest song features an all-female Aboriginal group from the Northern Territory.

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Sneaky Jesus Song: You found me

14 September 2017 EH

A ‘Sneaky Jesus song’ may not be a religious tune, but when you listen to the lyrics it could be mistaken for one.

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Sneaky Jesus Song: 'Wiyathul' by Dr G Yunupingu

27 July 2017 EH

This charming song was released in 2008 and is sung in Dr Yunupingu’s native Yolngu Matha language. It peaked at #3 on the ARIA charts. The album it was released on went Platinum three times and has now sold more than half a million copies. It won the ARIA Best World Music Album and the Deadly Awards in all categories. He also released a beautiful ‘Gospel’ album in 2015.

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