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Friday, 25 December 2009


Battling the pricks feels like such a contemporary quest. Lord knows there are enough of them. In fact, the phrase first appears in everyone's hotel-drawer favourite, and topical book du jour, The Bible, where some chap called Luke recounts Paul's first introduction to God.

'... he said, who art thou Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'

Back to reality, the phrase pops us as the title of a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album in 1986 and, I think most spectacularly, in Johnny Cash's 'The Man Comes Around' - one of the very last songs Cash penned before his death in 2003.

'The whirlwind is in the thorn tree, it's hard for thee to kick against the pricks...'

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