Jekyll & Hyde – 50

Jimmy Needham is a special artist. His Hymns project is one of the best contemporary collections I have heard. And his original material is thoughtful, compelling, and down-right fun to listen to.

One of my favorite songs of his is a play off Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. The song elucidates the duplicity and hypocrisy that resides in each of us, because as Jimmy says, “We got ol’ Adam’s blood running through our veins.” It a song that reminds me about my ongoing battle with sin, and so keeps me humble. With a bluesy rhythm that makes you want to stomp your foot and a killer faux-trumpet solo, the musical package is just as good as the message. Take a listen.

The lyrics are as follows:

There is a lunatic in everyone I know
Some live it out, Some just refuse to drink the potion, baby
But we’re all monsters inside
Cause we act like Dr. Jekyll
But there ain’t no hiding Mr. Hyde

We point the finger At the fella down the road
“What kind of devil does a thing like that?” we joke
Oh baby, just give it time
Cause we act like Dr. Jekyll
But there ain’t no hiding Mr. Hyde

Every last one of us Are pretty much the same
We got ol’ Adam’s blood Running through our veins
Oh baby, I ain’t telling no lies
It’s just some are caught red-handed
And some work up an alibi

Some will probably kill ya
And some just kill ya in their mind

Cause some live in a prison
And some live in a suit and a tie

We act like Dr. Jekyll
But there ain’t no hiding Mr. Hyde

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