Because It Was a Good Friday

Artist: Peter Tunney
In the Christian faith, Good Friday is acknowledged  as the day Jesus was crucified. It is the Friday before Easter/Ressurection Sunday and in theory should be the most somber day of Holy Week. That is unless you live in Carribean Brooklyn where even the most somber, morose, holy, and pious moments commence a turn up. And how do you proceed to celebrate life, without music? So for those who want to add to- or skip- the typical homilies,  here are the  recorded 7 last words of Jesus translated into the secular. No one does it better than Lauryn Hill using the biblical phrase "Forgive them father for they know not what they do." The sentiments expressed in the 7 phrases appear and reappear in popular music. Below are the songs with selected videos and links to the lyrics on Genius.com where you can listen to the song as well. What other tunes would you have added?


Word 1: Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing. 

Buju Banton- Untold Stories
Lauryn Hill-Forgive Them Father
Rick Ross/Baby Boy - Pray For Us


Word 2: Today, you will be with Me in Paradise

Coldplay- Paradise
Stevie Wonder- Pastime Paradise
Tupac feat Anthony Hamilton-Thugz Mansion


Word 3: Woman, behold is your son

Boyz II Men- A Song for Mama
Bob Marley- No Woman No Cry
Sizzla- Thank You Mamma
Tupac- Dear Mama

Word 4: My God, My God why have you forsaken me?

'N Sync- Gone
Brandy- Sitting Up in My Room
Celine Dion- All By Myself

Word 5: I thirst

DMX - Prayer
The Temptations- Ain't too Proud to Beg
Hamilton the Musical- Satisfied


Word 6: It is Finished 

112- It's Over Now
Kanye West-Last Call
Kurupt feat. Natina Reid -It's Over Now
Nas- Life's a Bitch

Word 7: Father into your hands I commend my spirit. 

Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112- I'll be Missing You





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