The Devil and Pastor Jack

Words & Music : Dick Gaughan
©Grian Music 2006

Jack Glass fought the Devil, he fought him all his days
Everywhere that Jack Glass looked he saw the Devil's face
From the early hours of morning to the setting of the sun
Jack Glass fought the Devil - that was all he'd ever done

You wouldn't see Jack dancing, you wouldn't hear Jack sing,
You wouldn't really find Jack doing much of anything
From the early hours of morning to the setting of the sun
Jack Glass fought the Devil - no time for having fun

I don't know if Jack believed in God, it's kind of hard to tell
He never mentioned heaven much, he seemed obsessed by Hell
For Jack had just one purpose, one target in his sight
He fought against the Devil, it was the meaning of his life
From the early hours of morning to the setting of the sun
Jack Glass fought the Devil, now his fighting days are done

Jack Glass he got cancer, but not like anyone else
He said, "This is a personal attack by Lucifer himself
"It's the Devil's desperation, shows I've got him on the run"
So Jack Glass fought the Devil,
Jack Glass fought the Devil,
Jack Glass fought the Devil - looks like the Devil won

I hope there is a Devil with all my heart and mind
For if there isn't, Jack's whole life was a pointless waste of time
From the early hours of morning to the setting of the sun
Jack Glass fought the Devil -
Jack Glass fought the Devil -
From the early hours of morning to the setting of the sun
Jack Glass fought the Devil - looks like the Devil won


Song Notes

Pastor Jack Glass was a notorious character in Scotland.

Jack Glass holding a placard which says Jesus Said Don't LustDescribed by the Rev Ian Paisley as "a bit of an extremist" Jack vehemently denied being a bigot but actively attacked and campaigned against, amongst other issues, the decriminalisation of homosexuality and rights for gay people, Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, the Papal visit to Scotland, the Catholic Church, in fact, against anything or anyone who didn't fit into his extreme Calvinist view of the world as being dominated by the Power of Darkness. And naturally, anyone who disagreed with Jack was a servant of Satan.

Perhaps it's a bit cynical to say it but Jack was never one to pass up the opportunity for a bit of self-promotion, and one of his most notorious escapades was when he began picketing Billy Connolly's concerts on the grounds that he regarded Connolly as a blasphemer. The cartoonist Malkie McCormick lampooned him in his weekly "Big Yin" strip in the Sunday Mail, by having a piece of graffiti on a wall saying, "Jack Glass is a wee pastor".

Like all humans, he was a mass of contradictions and when he wasn't proclaiming that most of life was a Satanic plot, he could be very pleasant and charming.

Anyway, wherever he is now, he now knows whether he was right or if he spent his life wrestling with monsters within his own psyche.


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