Somebody Save Us! (Matthew 21:8-11) a performance poem for Palm Sunday by Christopher D. Sims and David Breeden

First Voice: And a huge crowd spread their clothing along the road, as others cut down branches from the trees and scattered them along the way.

Everyone: And the crowd shouted “hosanna!—Somebody, save us!”

Second Voice: And the crowd in front of Jesus and the crowd behind yelled, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”

Everyone: And the crowd shouted “hosanna!—Somebody, save us!”

First Voice: After Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, the entire city was in an uproar, saying, Who is this? And everyone said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Everyone: And the crowd shouted “hosanna!—Somebody, save us!”

Second Voice:

When Jesus came to the city,
the mob yelled “Christ! Christ!”
When Jesus came to town,
It was “Hosanna, hosanna!”
“Somebody, save us!”

Everyone: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

First Voice:

Somebody, save us!
Please deliver us Christ, please Christ?!
But little did he know, his fate would
would have it, he would be the one left
to sacrifice!
They went “Hosanna, hosanna!”

Everyone: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

Second Voice:

Somebody . . . Somebody
Save us! Somebody,
Not us, oh, Lord,
No, not us, come save us!
Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King,
Somebody, somebody save us!
Hosanna, hosanna!

Everyone: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

First and Second voices in unison:

We must know
That we must
Save
Our own minds

We must know
That we must
Save
Each other

We must know
That there is no
Messiah
And we are it

We must know
Deeply
That we are the
Ones
We’ve been waiting for.

Everyone: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

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