"Dropkick Me, Jesus, through the Goalposts of Life" by Paul Craft


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Since we're fast approaching American football season, I thought I would write about this light-hearted and hymn-like country song about football. I found the title and part of the lyrics on a colleague's social media page, and I was able to then find more information elsewhere. It was originally written by Paul Craft (you can find a chord chart here). Most famously recorded by Bobby Bare, a Southern Gospel version was recorded by Ray Stevens, and a black Gospel rendition was recorded as well. This song would work as a light-hearted offertory song on a Sunday morning when everyone is otherwise thinking about football. Lyrics below:


Dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life

And over end neither left nor the right

Straight through the heart of them righteous uprights

Dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life.


Make me oh make me Lord more than I am

Make a piece in your master game plan

Free from the earthly temptations below

I've got the will Lord if you've got the toe


Bring on the brothers who've gone on before

And all of the sisters who've knocked at your door

All the departed dear loved ones of mine

And stick 'em up front in the offensive line


A lowly benchwarmer I'm contented to be

Until the time that you have need of me

Flash on the big scoreboard that shines up on high

The big Super Bowl way up in the sky

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