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Who Do They Say I Am?

Updated on November 26, 2008


Larry Norman

Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 February 24, 2008) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer. Norman's recordings are noted for their Christian and social subject matter, and he is often described as the "father of Christian rock music". [Wikipedia]

I first heard the song "Outlaw" on an overnight trip with a high school youth group. One of the young ladies had a guitar and a beautiful voice.  There was no Internet, Christian book stores had LPs and Eight Tracks of hymns.  Finding music was not as easy as today. Jimmy Carter was president. We had double digit unemployment and double digit inflation so, we didn't have much extra for things like records.

Since we didn't have things like CDs, much less CD Rippers and MP3s I would get most of my music by recording FM radio programs. No Christian music on the radio in those days ... well, hymns sometimes ... 

Even though there was something in the lyrics and melody that touched my heart and made me long for Jesus, I wasn't convinced that asking my parents to buy a record with lyrics like "Why Should the Devil Have All The Good Music" would be a good plan. 

Turns out I was probably wrong, but evidently teenagers naturally distrust parents.   In College, I saw Larry Norman live.  I bought a cassette tape (eight tracks were pretty much gone, by then) and wanted him to sign it. He told me he didn't sign autographs,  that autographs brought glory to the artist.  He told me his job was to bring glory to Jesus, not himself...  

This hub is in honor of this Christian Hero of my youth...


John 18:12: Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.



Some say he was an outlaw, that he roamed across the land,

With a band of unschooled ruffians and few old fishermen,

No one knew just where he came from, or exactly what he'd done,

But they said it must be something bad that kept him on the run.

Mattew 5:1-2:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth ...  



Some say he was a poet, that he'd stand upon the hill

That his voice could calm an angry crowd and make the waves stand still,

That he spoke in many parables that few could understand,

But the people sat for hours just to listen to this man. 

John 19:11:Jesus answered, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."

John 8:36: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

John 19:17: And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,


Some say a politician who spoke of being free,

He was followed by the masses on the shores of Galilee,

He spoke out against corruption and he bowed to no decree,

And they feared his strength and power so they nailed him to a tree.

He could walk upon the water...
He could walk upon the water...


Some say he was a sorcerer, a man of mystery,

He could walk upon the water, he could make a blind man see,

That he conjured wine at weddings and did tricks with fish and bread,

That he talked of being born again and raised people from the dead.

Mark 3:22: And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons."

In the Talmud, Sanhedrin 43a, it relates the fate of a man called Jesus who is hanged on the eve of Passover for practicing sorcery and leading the people of Israel astray.


Man Above All Men

Some say he was the Son of God, a man above all men,

That he came to be a servant and to set us free from sin,

And that's who I believe he is cause that's what I believe,

And I think we should get ready cause it's time for us to leave.

1 Cor 12:3: Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.


My King told me "You will do Greater Things..."


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      7 years ago

      One of our favorite songs - my sister and I are singing this in our church in the morning. We have sung it many, many times over the last 35 years or so. God bless!!

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you very much Aquasilver!

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      John Harper 

      8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Excellent, I mean really excellent and I'm sending it to my friends!


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      8 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you DeBorrah!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      BDazzler, Nice tribute! He truly is the Great "I AM" Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks for stopping by SJ, you're certainly welcome!

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      9 years ago from upper midwest

      thanks for the memories...good hub !

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      Carrie Bradshaw 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      This may be a hub about an incredible song (very nicely written, by the way), but I'd just like to add that to find the real Jesus with all the religions out there, God showed me not to focus on the doctrinal differences, but only on the one question that was asked by Jesus to Peter before his faithful answer founded the church, the bride of Christ: Who Do You Say that I AM?  Every religion that does not answer as Peter did is not TRUTH.  AMEN!

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      9 years ago

      NEver seen a hub before!

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks b4! Thanks Dottie!

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Very nice hub and I'm glad I came across it. Loved the outlaw video.

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      10 years ago from The Kingdom of God's Dear Son

      Nice work. You certainly know how to pull the heart strings :)

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      You're welcome ripplemaker! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I'm glad I read this hub today. It has touched my heart tremendously. :) Thanks for sharing this one.

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Misty!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lovely words :)

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Jack!

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      Jack Burton 

      10 years ago from The Midwest

      Ahhh...Larry Norman. Back in the days when the only "Christian Rock" we had was to sing This Little Light of Mine at triple speed he was a hero to many of us.

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Julianna!

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Beautiful!!! Absolutely Beautiful!!!

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      More than just the song, He loves the people who love the song! He loves the ideas in the song.  He loves the way the notes go.  He always seems more interested in real truth than the package that truth comes in! And still, he loves the package too. :)

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      sandra rinck 

      10 years ago

      I like this...

      Imagine there's no Heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say that I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one

      I like songs about Jesus too but I bet Jesus would like a song about everyone, and probably this song too. :) -Imagine-

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      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Yeah, me too. Thanks for stopping by!

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      10 years ago

      Larry Norman, now that's a name from my youth. I remember to listening to Norman at su.mmer camp with my friends. I loved his music, but lost touch with it. Sad to find out he died in 2008.


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      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      If you've got speakers, just hit the first You Tube video,.. the song starts 'bout 20 seconds or so after the preaaher's declartaions. Yeah, those were the days! :)

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      Dave McClure 

      10 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      The lyrics are familiar but I can't remember the melody. I remember 8-tracks though! and 78 rpm records...

    • BDazzler profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thanks Nicole!

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      Nicole A. Winter 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Awesome hub, BDazzler, I love these lyrics, but I've never heard of Larry Norman before. I'm gonna check him out for sure, now, though, I love the video! Bookmarked and I will return to hear it again.

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      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA


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      Mike the salesman 

      10 years ago from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon

      nice work!


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