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[This is a post in my Facebook page, “Biblepaedia” and is currently being revised…]

The continuing war for souls with the Joker:

In 1967, Bob Dylan produced “John Wesley Harding”, and on that album was a song titled “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”.  That song encapsulates for us the eternal struggle for souls by Satan, and his method’s to do so.  Let’s take a quick look at the song, with commentary, and then after showing all the lyrics, I will make some observations about how other artist’s copied this song throughout the intervening decades.

The song opens with Frankie Lee (a “follower” of Judas Priest, who is in actuality, Satan) and Judas Priest meeting because of a need:

“Well, Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
They were the best of friends
So when Frankie Lee needed money one day”

It always amazes me that people will believe anything but the truth.  Satan is cunning and wiley, always changing his appearance and character to deceive.  “They were the best of friends” is a lie; Satan appears to be his best friend for his own motives…and look at what his patience brings, a time when Frankie Lee needs him (for money)…

“Judas quickly pulled out a roll of tens
And placed them on a footstool
Just above the plotted plain
Sayin’, “Take your pick, Frankie Boy
My loss will be your gain”

Note how Satan (Judas Priest) quickly pounces at his prey’s vulnerability, presenting the money and then presenting him with a lie:  That Frankie’s acceptance will be a gain for him, while a loss for Satan.  Not true; Satan is the prince of this world, money is nothing but a bartering tool (“Money is the root of all evil”) to cause temptation…Frankie’s LOSS (His soul) will be Satan’s GAIN…

“Well, Frankie Lee, he sat right down
And put his fingers to his chin
But with the cold eyes of Judas on him
His head began to spin
“Would ya please not stare at me like that,” he said
“It’s just my foolish pride
But sometimes a man must be alone
And this is no place to hide”

Now note another device of Satan’s:  When it appears that Frankie Lee may be contemplating whether or not to take the temptation, Satan fixes his “cold eyes” upon him, and Frankie Lee’s “head began to spin“; i.e., Satan confuses us into straying from our conviction of right and wrong, making it easier for us to submit to his wiles.  The “victim” says “…sometimes a man must be alone“, meaning in the song, I suppose, that a man needs time to think.  However, if that man has no conviction about God and Satan, …it is as a house that is swept clean, and an evil spirit will come and see the house empty and clean, and bring others with him, so that the end is worse than the beginning for that man… (Luke 11:24-26)”.  Thus, contemplation in one who is not a Christian is a means for Satan to enter, and confirmed when he says “and this is no place to hide”  (Note how this points out the error and fallacy of “meditation” in various forms).

Well, Judas, he just winked and said
“All right, I’ll leave you here
But you’d better hurry up and choose which of those bills you want
Before they all disappear

Another device of Satan is presented:  When the “victim” appears to have doubt, Satan “ups the ante” by trying to pressure them into making a snap decision (“But you’d better hurry up and choose…before they all disappear”).  The “bills” would seem to be a metaphor for the things of this world that Satan has to give (“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.”  Luke 4:6).  How many people have been put into a situation where a “deal too good to be true” becomes acceptable because of the limited time given to decide, with the possibility of losing out completely if they didn’t make a hasty decision?  That is a child of Satan’s device.  Also note who is really in control, which Satan shows by winking…

I’m gonna start my pickin’ right now
Just tell me where you’ll be”
Judas pointed down the road
And said, “Eternity!

Now we see the reason for the “wink” — Satan is leaving but not really; he presents a new temptation, a place he calls “Eternity”… and what does Satan promise his followers?  What everyone wants, power and eternal life…the one (power) that only leads to further corruption, and the other a lie, but both are powerful vices for those who are living in this world, and apart from God…So, Frankie Lee will now have a new curiosity rolling around in his head, causing more confusion; and we know what curiosity did to the cat…

Eternity?” said Frankie Lee
With a voice as cold as ice
“That’s right,” said Judas Priest, “Eternity
Though you might call it ‘Paradise

And look what Satan does; always answer a lie with another lie — he is telling the “victim” that eternity is Paradise…one of the levels of Heaven (Paradise is where Jesus told the thief he would be after his death on the cross, and would remember him there (“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise…” Luke 23:43).  No, in Satan’s playground, eternity is eternal death, and we will see how this “eternity” of his ensnares men…

I don’t call it anything”
Said Frankie Lee with a smile
“All right,” said Judas Priest
“I’ll see you after a while

The victim then acknowledges his lack of faith and confusion, when he states “I don’t call it anything” (assuming Satan is talking about Heaven), and Satan is now satisfied he can leave, stating “I’ll see you after a while“, knowing that the hook is finally set in the victim…

“Well, Frankie Lee, he sat back down
Feelin’ low and mean
When just then a passing stranger
Burst upon the scene”

Note now that the first temptation (money) and the second (curiosity) has produced a change in the “victim” (“…feelin’ low and mean”)…Satan corrupts the inward man (our soul or spirit) which then manifests itself in our physical actions / reactions…and look what happens as this change takes place – a “passing stranger burst upon the scene”.  The fact that this “stranger” (actually just Satan in another disguise; as he is the master of lies and disguise (“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2Corinthians 11:14).  He “Burst upon the scene” to make sure the fish does not get away by having too much time alone to contemplate his impending fate.  This is clear evidence of Satan’s device in use today — keep us totally distracted all the time, so that when the hook is set in our mouth, we are already dead…

Saying, “Are you Frankie Lee, the gambler
Whose father is deceased?
Well, if you are, there’s a fellow callin’ you down the road
And they say his name is Priest

Note how this “stranger” seems to know details about Frankie Lee that only a close friend would know, and that would not normally be conveyed to someone who was NOT a friend…just another disguise of Satan…

Oh, yes, he is my friend”
Said Frankie Lee in fright
“I do recall him very well
In fact, he just left my sight”
“Yes, that’s the one,” said the stranger
As quiet as a mouse
“Well, my message is, he’s down the road
Stranded in a house

Note that, though Frankie Lee acknowledges the Devil as his “friend”, he does so in fright…the “friendship” one makes with Satan is one-sided; there is no friendship on his part…it is always well to remember that Satan HATES man; we are the image of God; and the enemy of his…when he pretends to be our friend, it’s only to ensnare us into death…Note also how Satan whispers his message once he has undivided attention – like what he is saying is really important, rather than really deceiving…

Well, Frankie Lee, he panicked
He dropped ev’rything and ran
Until he came up to the spot
Where Judas Priest did stand
“What kind of house is this,” he said
“Where I have come to roam?”
“It’s not a house,” said Judas Priest
“It’s not a house . . . it’s a home”

The object of his desire (the money / power etc) that was promised has now caused all apprehension to leave.  The “house” that is Satan’s “home” is a Pandora’s box of vice and corruption, where “it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God I know I’m one” [House of the Rising Sun]…

Well, Frankie Lee, he trembled
He soon lost all control
Over ev’rything which he had made
While the mission bells did toll
He just stood there staring
At that big house as bright as any sun
With four and twenty windows
And a woman’s face in ev’ry one

The “big house” as “bright as any sun” is nothing but a whore house, and of course it is bright because Satan can appear as an Angel of Light.  Don’t miss the meaning of the Sun, which comes from ancient Sun worship (see my posts on Nimrod), which is worship of Satan.  “The mission bells did toll”, you bet they did, cause Frankie Lee is about to give up his soul…the reference to 24 windows is occultic, as “24 is an evil number, referring to Cain in the Bible” (Numbers, Their Occult Power and Mystic Virtues, by W. Wynn Westcott, [1911]).

Well, up the stairs ran Frankie Lee
With a soulful, bounding leap
And, foaming at the mouth
He began to make his midnight creep
For sixteen nights and days he raved
But on the seventeenth he burst
Into the arms of Judas Priest
Which is where he died of thirst

When you are captured in Satan’s grip, you become less human, and more animal, as evidenced by his physical reaction – I don’t need to tell you that “midnight creep” is a reference to promiscuous sex.  Isn’t it funny how the word “raved” is used, which is clearly occultist (see my post titled  How Demon’s Work: RAVE).  I believe the phrase “he burst” is a reference to Judas Iscariot’s death (“Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” – Acts 1:18).  And of course, he “died of thirst” because he is apart from the living waters that is Jesus Christ.

No one tried to say a thing
When they took him out in jest
Except, of course, the little neighbor boy
Who carried him to rest
And he just walked along, alone
With his guilt so well concealed
And muttered underneath his breath
“Nothing is revealed

Now that Satan has him, he has no use for him, and Frankie Lee’s death apart from God means Satan has stolen another soul.  Satan has no use for him now, and that is why “No on tried to say a thing when they took him out in jest”.  “Nothing is revealed” can be a reflection on today’s society, where being God-less results in  “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” – 2nd Peter 3:4, and that is a cold, cold place to be in.

Well, the moral of the story
The moral of this song
Is simply that one should never be
Where one does not belong
So when you see your neighbor carryin’ somethin’
Help him with his load
And don’t go mistaking Paradise
For that home across the road

Yes, indeed, it is the moral of our times – “one should never be where one does not belong”, and please don’t go mistaking Hell for Paradise…



Well, Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
They were the best of friends
So when Frankie Lee needed money one day

Judas quickly pulled out a roll of tens
And placed them on a footstool
Just above the plotted plain
Sayin’, “Take your pick, Frankie Boy
My loss will be your gain”
Well, Frankie Lee, he sat right down
And put his fingers to his chin
But with the cold eyes of Judas on him
His head began to spin
“Would ya please not stare at me like that,” he said
“It’s just my foolish pride
But sometimes a man must be alone
And this is no place to hide
”Well, Judas, he just winked and said
“All right, I’ll leave you here
But you’d better hurry up and choose which of those bills you want
Before they all disappear”
“I’m gonna start my pickin’ right now
Just tell me where you’ll be”
Judas pointed down the road
And said, “Eternity!”
“Eternity?” said Frankie Lee
With a voice as cold as ice
“That’s right,” said Judas Priest, “Eternity
Though you might call it ‘Paradise’
“I don’t call it anything”
Said Frankie Lee with a smile
“All right,” said Judas Priest
“I’ll see you after a while”
Well, Frankie Lee, he sat back down
Feelin’ low and mean
When just then a passing stranger
Burst upon the scene
Saying, “Are you Frankie Lee, the gambler
Whose father is deceased?
Well, if you are, there’s a fellow callin’ you down the road
And they say his name is Priest”
“Oh, yes, he is my friend”
Said Frankie Lee in fright
“I do recall him very well
In fact, he just left my sight”
“Yes, that’s the one,” said the stranger
As quiet as a mouse
“Well, my message is, he’s down the road
Stranded in a house”
Well, Frankie Lee, he panicked
He dropped ev’rything and ran
Until he came up to the spot
Where Judas Priest did stand
“What kind of house is this,” he said
“Where I have come to roam?”
“It’s not a house,” said Judas Priest
“It’s not a house . . . it’s a home”
Well, Frankie Lee, he trembled
He soon lost all control
Over ev’rything which he had made
While the mission bells did toll
He just stood there staring
At that big house as bright as any sun
With four and twenty windows
And a woman’s face in ev’ry one
Well, up the stairs ran Frankie Lee
With a soulful, bounding leap
And, foaming at the mouth
He began to make his midnight creep
For sixteen nights and days he raved
But on the seventeenth he burst
Into the arms of Judas Priest
Which is where he died of thirstNo one tried to say a thing
When they took him out in jest
Except, of course, the little neighbor boy
Who carried him to rest
And he just walked along, alone
With his guilt so well concealed
And muttered underneath his breath
“Nothing is revealed”Well, the moral of the story
The moral of this song
Is simply that one should never be
Where one does not belong
So when you see your neighbor carryin’ somethin’
Help him with his load
And don’t go mistaking Paradise
For that home across the road”The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest”Bob Dylan, from the album “John Wesley Harding”, 1967

  • Here are references in the song used by other groups: “Judas Priest” (i.e., the Devil) – rock group named themselves after this song
    — “It’s just my foolish pride”, stolen by Eric Clapton in “Layla”, i.e., “You know it’s just your foolish pride”
    — “While the mission bells did toll”, Eagles in Hotel California: “I heard the mission bells, and I was thinking to myself this could be heaven or this could be hell”
    — “He just stood there staring at that big house as bright as any sun”…Animals in “House of the Rising Sun” (A song about a whorehouse in New Orleans, written by Bob Dylan) — “There is a house in New Orleans, they call the Rising Sun, it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God, I know I’m one”
    — “With four and twenty windows, and a woman’s face in every one”…24 is an occultic number that means “This number is also fortunate; it promises the assistance and association of those of rank and position with one’s plans; it also denotes gain through love and the opposite sex”
    — “And, foaming at the mouth He began to make his midnight creep”…Elton John in “Midnight Creeper” – “There’s no more sleeping when I’m midnight creeping over you, watch out honey, watch out honey, watch the things you do”
    — “For 16 nights and days he raved”…as in RAVE parties – sex and drugs…16 is powerful in Occultism and “This number has a most peculiar occult symbolism. It is pic tured by “a Tower Struck by Lightning from which a man is falling with a Crown on his head.” It is also called “the Shattered Citadel”.
    It gives warning of some strange fatality awaiting one, also danger of accidents and defeat of one’s plans. If it appears as a “compound” number relating to the future, it is a warning sign that should be carefully noted and plans made in advance in the endeavour to avert its fatalistic tendency.”
    — “But on the 17th he burst”, 17 is an occultic number “This is a highly spiritual number, and is expressed in symbolism by the 8-pointed Sta r of Venus;”, i.e., Venus is the godess of Love, sex religion of Semiramis (Nimrod). It can also be noted that “He burst” is similar to what happened to the other Judas (Judas Iscariat) who “Burst his bowels” when falling into the hole after betraying Christ…
    — “Nothing is revealed”; as opposed to the Bible which says “Nothing is hidden that will not be revealled”…Cindergarden wrote a song called “Nothing Revealled”
    — “And don’t go mistaking Paradise For that home across the road” – Sade wrote a song called “Paradise” about her view of a perfect love…Paradise is the 3rd Heaven and where Jesus told the thief he would take him when they were crucified. Judas Priest (Satan), ever the deceiver, tries to equate his “home” (A house of carnal sin) to “paradise”…
    — Note in all of these references the central theme is sex, which is a major ploy Satan (Joker, Jester, Demon, Lucifer) uses to ensnare…
    — And see, that even then Bob Dylan knew what he was doing…

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