The Big Rock Candy Mountain

It’s quiet, I can hear the birds singing, the wind blowing through the trees; something has happened and I am alert in the quietness. It’s called self-isolation!

What is happening, I’m out in my car travelling to Cambridge, as I pass Tesco’s the car park is full to overflowing, later driving past Waitrose the car park is overflowing, today it’s Iceland’s and Asda’s, car parks are full to overflowing: you get the drift… !

I wandered through the desolation of the supermarket and all I could see was haunted faces, anxiety written large. From within the silence a monster had appeared and its name was fear and riding on the shoulders of fear was greed!

The best and the worst are currently on display. We don’t blame each other for the Coronavirus, but it has triggered an epidemic of greed. Bare and empty shelves, never enough to fill the larder; more, more, give me more, The film Oliver, small boy still very hungry goes to the serving table and asks for more … ‘Please sir, I would like some more.’ ‘MORE, MORE…’ Outrage at the request; how dare someone ask for more! Greed knows no bounds; it is triggered by human appetites that belong to the earthly world. 

There is a heavenly world that we can belong to. Where the word feeds us the bread of life, where there are rivers of life, where the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations, and where the cry for more goes up to a Father God. And why, because he teaches us to say; ‘Give us today our daily bread’; food for life, food for living, we can ask each day because our Lord taught us to ask. There will be no accusation of greed, no fear, no indignation asking for more. We have been liberated, and liberation allows us to look into overflowing car parks with sadness; and also with joy knowing that Jesus takes bread and multiples it to feed all who stand before him.

“Our Father who art in heaven hallowed is your name …. Forgive us our sins… and lead us not into temptation.”

“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and Shalom kiss each other.” Psalm 85:10

Maybe this song is all about hope and kingdom values and longing… and fun.

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

One evening as the sun went down

And the jungle fire was burning,

Down the track came a hobo hiking,

And he said, “Boys, I’m not turning

I’m headed for a land that’s far away

Besides the crystal fountains

So come with me, we’ll go and see

The Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,

There’s a land that’s fair and bright,

Where the handouts grow on bushes

And you sleep out every night

Where the boxcars all are empty

And the sun shines every day

On the birds and the bees

And the cigarette trees

The lemonade springs

Where the bluebird sings

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

All the cops have wooden legs

And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth

And the hens lay soft-boiled eggs

The farmers’ trees are full of fruit

And the barns are full of hay

Oh I’m bound to go

Where there ain’t no snow

Where the rain don’t fall

The wind don’t blow

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

You never change your socks

And the little streams of alcohol

Come trickling down the rocks

The brakemen have to tip their hats

And the railroad bulls are blind

There’s a lake of stew

And of whiskey, too

You can paddle all around ’em

In a big canoe

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains,

The jails are made of tin

And you can walk right out again,

As soon as you are in

There ain’t no short-handled shovels,

No axes, saws or picks,

I’ma goin’ to stay

Where you sleep all day,

Where they hung the Turk

That invented work

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

I’ll see you all this coming Fall

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains”

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Harry Mcclintock / Sterling Sherwin

Big Rock Candy Mountain lyrics © Peermusic Publishing

Photo by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash