From the album Tree Goats of Morocco

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A idealized family portrait of people with extremely mixed religious and political backgrounds...all getting along!

Piano and Vocals: Marilyn Rucker
Bass: Gary Feist
Drums: Masumi Jones
Backing Vocals: Jill Montgomery, Becky Cavanaugh, Sharon Manor

Lyrics

It’s Channukah-Christmas time at our house again.
Everyone loves it, even my atheist Cousin Julian.
Aunt Lisa calls him her sweet Apostate.
She’s a Wiccan herself, but she makes a great fruitcake.

And Mama and Daddy just smile to see us home
They say “Jesus Christ is born” and “Shalom”
People don’t get the way we get along.
But when we’re together Mama sings this song:

We are a living body of love
We are holy fools
We see the divine in everyone
It says compassion rules.
Anyone can sit at this table
Take wine and bread with me.
You are welcome, you are loved
And you are family.


A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian walk into a café
“Make me one with everything’s” all they say
Barista can’t quite figure out what they meant
“Just give us something with room” sigh the lifelong friends.


We are a living body of love
We are holy fools
We see the divine in everyone
It says compassion rules.
Anyone can sit at this table
Take wine and bread with me.
You are welcome, you are loved
And you are family.


We eat lunch with conservatives and tax collectors
We also eat with liberals and
Conscientious objectors
Sometimes the food fights get way out of hand.
That’s when we sing this with the band.

We are a living body of love
We are holy fools
We see the divine in everyone
It says compassion rules.
Anyone can sit at this table
Take wine and bread with me.
You are welcome, you are loved
And you are family.