Jim Croce, Singing About Hypocrites From the Grave

I really shouldn’t know as much as I do about Jim Croce since he was before my time, but I love his music. He had a short run from 1966 to 1973 as a popular musician before he died in a plane crash. Some of his well known songs are “Time in a Bottle” and “Bad Leroy Brown.” One of my favorites, though, is “Which Way Are You Goin’?” Words of wisdom from the past.

Lyrics to “Which Way Are You Goin'”

Which way are you going?
Which side will you be on?
Will you stand and watch
While all the seeds of hate are sown
Will you stand with those who say
“Let his will be done?”

One hand on the bible
One hand on the gun
One hand on the bible
One hand on the gun

Which way are you looking
Is it hard to see?
Do you say
“What’s wrong for him is not wrong for me?”
You walk the streets of
Righteousness but you refuse to understand

You say you love the baby
Then you crucify the man
You say you love the baby
Then you crucify the man

Everyday things are changing
Words once honored turned to lies
People wondering, can you blame them
It’s too far to run and too late to hide

Now you turn your back on
All the things that you used to preach
Now it’s, “Let him live in freedom, if he lives like me”
Well, your light has changed, confusion rains
What have you become

All your olive branches turned to spears
When your flowers turned to guns
Your olive branches turned to spears
When your flowers turned to guns

 

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Another interesting video take of the song:

Lyrics | Jim Croce lyricsWhich Way Are You Going lyrics

2 thoughts on “Jim Croce, Singing About Hypocrites From the Grave

  1. Hi. I just discovered this song and went to google to see if anyone was talking about it. It’s relevance to today hit me immediately. And all in 2:20. this guy was a treasure. Nice to see someone feels the same. Additionally, this one could have easily been a single for Credence Clearwater Revival.

  2. i have admired and treasured Jim Croce since my students days ,which are long gone (i’m 60 now).This evening i listened to a record again and it struck me that he describes the old and new america so accurately. The love for the bible and the love for the gun which kills each year hundreds of innocent people in the US.
    A really great musician and a great man.

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