The Sermon

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Mickey Hart, Ben Yonas, Dave Schools, Andre Pessis

A new Hunter/Hart song introduced by the Mickey Hart Band in 2013.

Beyond the blue horizon
Down the Old Plank Road
Or down the ways a bit I can
Set down my heavy load

I do believe what I believe
Out standing in the rain
That if I ask, I shall receive
A ticket on that train

I do believe
I do believe
To give is to receive
I do believe

Is that train bound for glory
Or some kind of rendevous
With all my long-gone partners
I can't say, no more can you

Or does it roll to darkness
Down some promentory grade
I got my hopes, and you got yours
That love will never fade

I do believe
I do believe
To give is to receive
I do believe

Chorus of the bells come
Winging through the breeze
Knocked the unbeliever
Down upon his knees

Lifted the opressed to
To a land above the trees
Of peace and sweet felicity
As pleasant as you please

I do believe
I shall receive
Everything I need
I do believe

Haul off your overcoat (note 1)
Roll up your sleeve
Jordan is a hard road to travel
Yes I do believe

Haul off your overcoat
And roll up your sleeve
Jordan is a hard road to travel
Yes I do believe

I do believe
I do believe
To give is to receive
I do believe

Teach me how to do to others
As I would be done
Right down to the finish line
And still have time for fun

To clothe the ragged, feed the poor
And all that high-tone jazz
As though my life depended on
Till I found out that it has

I do believe
I do believe
To give is to receive
I do believe

I do believe
I do believe
To give is to receive
I do believe
Notes
(1) A note on Mickey Hart's website says these verses are from the traditional song "Down The Old Plank Road". I think in fact they are from a song "Jordan Am A Hard Road" or "On The Other Side Of Jordan" - the song "Down The Old Plank Road" doesn't seem to include them. Both songs have been recorded by the Chieftans - the first on an album "Down The Old Plank Road" and the second on "Further Down The Old Plank Road".

Mickey Hart Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2013 Superorganism Mickey Hart Band

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