This song expresses the longing of people to find a place where they can start anew. “The old country” tends to become corrupt and a miserable place to live. Therefore, people strive to find some unspoiled place where they can escape the bad conditions.
There was a time where a person could do that. The discovery of the Americas led many people to leave their homelands to seek freedom from tyranny. Little did they know that they brought their human natures along with them, causing the same bad results as in their old world.
A band called Blues Image captured that sense of adventure in their 1970 hit, “Ride Captain Ride.” Those 73 sailors came off their ship but found an unresponsive audience. So they sailed away to find a new place where they couldlaugh their lives away and be free once more.
Listen to the song here.
What the people of this world don’t understand is that sin makes this place miserable. We cary this spiritual virus wherever we go and it always ruins any new attempts to start new lives.
But we need not dispair. Jesus provides us a way of escape. We read in Acts 2:38 (KJV)how to be changed from our miserable old ways. “Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
This is what Jesus told his disciples in John 16:13 (KJV) when he said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”
So no matter how bad things might get around you, having this comforter and the new life Christ gives makes things so much more hopeful
I hope you enjoyed this song. It certainly brings back memories to me, that’s for sure.
I’ll be writing next time how people’s misunderstanding of disabilities drove me away from God for nine years. Stay tuned for that.