Memphis singer and songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart has released his politically charged new single, “Don’t Blame Jesus.”
Billed as the artist’s first foray into political commentary, the song is nevertheless quite personal.
Recalls Stuart: ““I was watching the news one day, and I don’t really watch the news. I just found myself having this vision of Jesus up there on his cloud, just looking down at the world he created, saying, ‘What in heaven’s name have y’all done? I created this wonderful place for you, and you done screwed it all up. I ain’t coming back. Y’all can have it.’”
Like much of Stuart’s work, “Don’t Blame Jesus” offers a smart, cutting view of the world. It takes something old – the idea of the second coming – and makes it new again, juxtaposing the ancient imagery of traditional Christianity with the very real, gut-wrenching realities of 2016.
“If Christ was here, he’d have a bat / You can’t blame him for not coming back,” sings Stuart in his wry southern tones. Take a listen to the full track below. It’s a sardonic observational gem.
“Don’t Blame Jesus” is out now via all good digital retailers. A 7″ single version featuring the vinyl-only B-side “Jihadi John” will be available at Stuart’s live shows.
Read our review of Mark Edgar Stuart’s most recent album, Trinity My Dear, here.