We’d been evicted from Eden,
and we were looking for any reason
To get back in that garden
But the warden, he’d grant us no pardon.
We thought about breaking in,
But the cherubim said, “Don’t you even begin!
Have you not heard about this game?
I’m teamed up with a sword of flame!
Uh, you must not know about me.
I’ll swarm up on you like some africanized honey bees.”
(And thus was formed the Wu-Tang Clan,
But we don’t know much more about that ’cause we turned our tails and ran.)
But we were young,
we all spoke in one tongue.
We formed a committee
And organized to storm the heavenly city.
“If God won’t take us home,
We’ll go back on our own.”
And brick by brick by brick we laid it down,
’cause we were trying to move it all up, up, uptown.
But God came out on the balcony,
Looked down at us and yelled, “Child, please!”
Then our words were disturbed,
All we heard was blurred,
Our work became the theatre of the absurd.
There was no longer any “we.”
All that existed was “he,” “she,” and “me.”
(Me, me, me, me)
No longer able to speak to one another,
Those who had been “sister” and “brother” were now known as the “other.”
Now I’ve got to fast-forward a bit,
but y’all know the story, we got into some sh—
Then one day God came down to earth,
offering us all rebirth,
with old words renewed,
old laws retooled,
correcting all that we had misconstrued.
Saying, “Everything you’ve longed to do up there,
we can do together right here.”
But that good news was only heard by a few.
The Word had come and dwelt among some
Who had learned to love the other
But they all shared the same mother-
One tongue with which they could parrot that Word
But never share it.
When things looked most dire, the Spirit spit fire-
Giving them tongues from every nation to aid in the mission
Of fostering proclamation that was recreation and not repetition.
Once again we erupted with words we had never heard,
But this time the commotion wasn’t babble that disrupted our devotion.
Our tongues themselves had been redeemed through this ingenious scheme.
For those we once only knew as the other,
We could now call them in their own language our “beloved.”
And you and me and he and she were finally restored to “we.”