Behold, It is I
This Isaiah passage and the music i put it to are a good fit for each other. The song is called Awake! Awake! (Isaiah 52:1-6), from the 6 Sucks Sex album Sick Twisted Loving Jesus. This one spontaneously came into existence, through me, but unplanned by me.
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In my mind, I was preparing to set the Suffering Servant to music, and was looking at Isaiah 52:1-12 to see what came before that famous prophetic poetic prose that begins at Isaiah 52:13 and goes through 53:12. I saw how 52:1-12 made straight made the path for the Suffering Servant.
I had planned to set the Suffering Servant to the music it’s currently on, and to use the Awake! Awake! music for another version of Prayer of a Surrendured Rebel Soul, but i decided to start recording on the track as I vocalized the music, and the first take is the song posted here. I only made it through verse 6, but that seems to be a good note to end on. Divine intervention?
In the song, Yahweh declares to his people Israel to awake and arise from the dust, that he’s soverign and their sin is the reason he’s mocked and blasphemed by other nations. They will be ‘sold and redeemed for nothing’, and they will know Yahweh is God.
1 Awake, awake! Put on your strength, Zion.
Put on your beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the holy city:
for from now on the uncircumcised and the unclean will no more come into you.
2 Shake yourself from the dust!
Arise, sit up, Jerusalem!
Release yourself from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion!
3 For Yahweh says, “You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without money.”
4 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: “My people went down at the first into Egypt to live there: and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause.
5 “Now therefore, what do I do here,” says Yahweh,
“seeing that my people are taken away for nothing?
Those who rule over them mock,” says Yahweh,
“and my name is blasphemed continually all the day.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name.
Therefore they shall know in that day that I am he who speaks.
Behold, it is I.”