Sep 142015


I’m looking for the names of people mentioned in the Bible. The rules:

  1. The song must refer to an official saint or an actual person in the Bible (not just someone with the same name i.e. Abraham, Martin and John is not about the biblical Abraham).
  2. The name can only be used once.
  3. A song can only be used once.
  4. Be sure to heed the 11th commandment “Thou shall not Bogart the thread” and limit your answers to one per response.

I will start off with Abraham from “Highway 61” (“God said to Abraham ‘Kill me a son’; Abe said ‘Man, you must be putting me on…'”)


  108 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Holy Shit!”

  1. Flash & the Pan – “Hey, St. Peter”.

  2. A clarification: when I say actual “person”, I mean “character”.

    So, for instance, the devil counts, as do specific angels, etc.

    “Please take the Devil out of me” George Jones

  3. “Adam Raised a Cain” — Bruce Springsteen

  4. “Jesus,” The Velvet Underground.

  5. machinery

    Here’s three books in one song: Lyle Lovett’s Joshua judges Ruth. (though that might not be a song, just the album title?)

  6. I Dreamed I Saw Saint Augustin by Bob Dylan.

  7. cherguevarra

    Michael by Prefab Sprout is about Lucifer pleading with St. Michael. If I can only check one box, put it down for St.Michael. there are other Lucifer songs.

  8. Dig Lazarus Dig by Nick Cave.

  9. BabaOLewie

    My Lord, the religious phanatics have taken over the City, his holiness is not even going to be here for two more weeks for Christmas sake (complains the new guy).

    cdm (aka ye of renewed zealotry), do the other Scott and machinery need to designate which ones they are tagging?

    In any event, Moses never made it into the promised land, in real life or in Springsteen’s “The Price You Pay.” (He’s not named, but unless there’s another guy God was punishing, it was him.) Does that count?

    RIP Philadelphia’s true deliverer, #2 Moses Malone.

  10. BigSteve

    Leonard Cohen, The Story of Isaac

  11. BabaOLewie

    St. Stephen — The Dead

  12. cliff sovinsanity

    Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis and The News.
    I’m sure there are other bands that used Jacob’s Ladder in a song but Huey was the first that popped in my head. I remember kind of liking that song.

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    Hang on St. Christopher – Tom Waits

  14. “Cain slew Abel” from Dirt in the Ground by Tom Waits.

    I’m claiming Abel not Cain in this one.

  15. “St. Dominic’s Preview,” Van the Man.

  16. BabaOLewie

    Ezekiel Saw the Wheel — various, I’ll claim the Woody Guthrie version.

  17. BabaOLewie

    Cam, another question, can we use other variations on an already used character’s name — for example, Mary Had a Little Lamb, a reference to Christ that doesn’t use the name Jesus.

  18. ladymisskirroyale

    Moses – Elizabeth Fraser (or Black Moses – Isaac Hayes)

  19. ladymisskirroyale

    I just realized that Moses was claimed above, so in my contrition, I thought I would share that Neil Diamond, of all people, has a song about Mary Magdalene.

  20. BabaOLewie

    “Sampson and Delilah,” trad., but The Dead made it well known. I’ll use Delilah.

  21. How about the Big Cheese, God, in Nick Cave’s “God Is in the House”?

  22. BabaOLewie

    But moving along, from the sublime to the idolaters, Jezebel, from the lovely Sade song of the same name.

  23. misterioso

    John the Baptist, Bob Dylan, “Tombstone Blues” (“John the Baptist after torturing a thief…”). Delilah and Jezebel also appear in due course but they’re spoken for already.

  24. St Genevieve – Tear Stained Eye by Son Volt

  25. BabaOLewie

    Jonah, By Paul Simon. I’ll use the Whale from that.

    • Jonah would count but the whale does not because it’s just a whale. If we let that in, the next thing you know, we’ll have to count songs that mention a donkey that was standing next to the manger.

      • BabaOLewie

        I’m not familiar with that part, but did the donkey do something important, like give one of the Kings a ride down to the Wawa or something? You’re an anthropomorphist.

        But OK, monsignor, I fall back on Jonah.

  26. misterioso

    Blind Willie Johnson (et al), “John the Revelator”

  27. cliff sovinsanity

    Arctic Monkeys – “Fake Tales From San Francisco”.

  28. tonyola

    Joan Osborne – “St. Teresa”

  29. BabaOLewie

    The Riders of the Apocalypse in “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky.”

  30. H. Munster

    “Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
    That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    But you don’t really care for music, do you?”

  31. BabaOLewie

    Big ups for that, Herm.

    From one spiritual to another —

    All You Zombies, The Hooters, going with Noah, the Pharoah is definitely lurking elsewhere. . .

  32. Daniel in the Lion’s Den – “Dear John” by Hank Williams

  33. H. Munster

    We had Adam earlier but what about Eve?

    “It started long ago in the Garden of Eden
    When Adam said to Eve, ‘Baby, you’re for me!’ ”
    — Wayne Fontana and the Mindbeners, “Game of Love”

    “Yeah, we’re all cousins
    That’s what I believe
    Cause we’re all children
    Of Adam and Eve”
    — Elvis Presley, “Kissin’ Cousins”

  34. ladymisskirroyale

    Locusts – Broadcast.


  35. “Saint Stephen” Grateful Dead

  36. Pontius Pilate – Sympathy for the Devil.

  37. BigSteve

    BabaOLewie referenced Samson and Delilah, as covered by the Grateful Dead, but in doing so he chose Delilah. So I’ll go with Leonard Cohen’s devastating Samson in New Orleans from last year’s Popular Problems album.


  38. Judas, Like a Rolling Stone (intro to the version on the 1966 live album)…

  39. misterioso

    Johnny Cash, “Belshazzar” (the king of Babylon who reads the writing on the wall in the Book of Daniel). “You are weighed in the balance and found wanting …”


  40. Sting – “Gabriel’s Message”


  41. misterioso

    Bob Dylan, “In the Garden”: “Nicodemus he came at night so he wouldn’t be seen by men …”

  42. H. Munster

    “Joseph’s Coat” — Quicksilver

  43. tonyola

    “Good Caiaphas, the council waits for you.
    The Pharisees and priests are here for you.”

    Jesus Christ Superstar OST – “Jesus Must Die”

  44. misterioso

    Bob Dylan, “Trouble in Mind” (B-side of “Gotta Serve Somebody”): “Ask Lot what he thought when his wife turned to stone”


  45. ladymisskirroyale

    I take back the crown:

    “You crazy babe, Bathsheba…” from Pixies, “Dead.”

  46. cherguevarra

    And also, the Pixies’ Nimrod’s Son!

  47. ladymisskirroyale

    “You saw sagacious Solomon…” Dead Can Dance “How Fortunate The Man With None.”

  48. H. Munster

    Absalom gets mentioned at the end of “Distant Early Warning” by Rush.

  49. ladymisskirroyale

    “Like Herod,” Mogwai

  50. “Beast and the Harlot” – Avenged Sevenfold

    “There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head
    Symbolic woman sits on his throne, but hatred strips her and leaves her naked
    The Beast and the Harlot”

    The Harlot of the Book of Revelations

    • This brings us to a bit of a grey area. While I stated that the person had to be named in the bible, and the Harlot is not mentioned by name, you are clearly identifying a specific person, so I’m going to allow it. This is a bit self serving, as will be revealed in my next post.

  51. The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment – Touch the Hem of His Garment by Sam Cooke

  52. “St. Francis” – Gretchen Peters

  53. cherguevarra

    Laura Nyro – Eli’s Coming

  54. misterioso

    Bob Dylan (among others), “Gospel Plow” : “Matthew, Mark, and Luke and John / All them prophets is dead and gone”

  55. tonyola

    San Fermin – “Methuselah”

  56. BigSteve

    Leonard Cohen, Joan of Arc

  57. Jack Marti – “Enoch Walked With God”

  58. cherguevarra

    My Morning Jacket – Gideon.

    Or Rocky Racoon.


  59. tonyola

    Man is the Bastard – “Moloch”

    Acts 7:43
    “Yes, you even raised the shrine of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, idols which you made to worship; therefore I will exile you beyond Babylon.”

  60. H. Munster

    Ishmael gets mentioned in “Black Sheep”, a local hit by SRC in Detroit in 1968.

    Gary Quackenbush, SRC’s lead guitarist, died this past June 20.

  61. misterioso

    Bob Dylan, “Ring Them Bells” : “Ring them bells St. Catherine from the top of the room … “

  62. Pharoah is featured in Mavis Staples’ “Creep Along Moses.”

    Last Man Standing!

  63. tonyola

    “Killed the czar and his ministers
    Anastasia screamed in vain”

    Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”

    Czar Nicholas II was declared a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.

  64. misterioso

    Gimme that belt.

    Rolling Stones, “Saint of Me”: “Saint Paul the persecutor was a cruel and sinful man..”


    • I’m going on the record as refusing to play saints unless they were in the Bible before their sainthood. No offense to any saints in the Halls of Rock, but post-Biblical saints just don’t carry enough weight for me. Those old-time saints performed serious miracles. Nowadays, what qualifies as a miracle? Science has lowered the bar; it’s not the saints’ fault.

  65. H. Munster

    “He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.” Leonard Cohen in Stranger Song.

    This is a different Joseph from the one mentioned in #42.

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