Because when Jesus said he came to proclaim release to the captives and to let the oppressed go free, I believed him.
First time I heard this song I was at work, and I heard the word Magi and I knew what it was. What's neat is that the story folds in on itself at least twice and the poetry works to reinforce the message. The message in turn combines both current thinking on Jesus (victim of a political execution, man who hangs out with hippies) with a fairly orthodox or neo-orthodox theology. That is Jesus is portrayed as fully human but also fully God -- afterall is says the love and blood of "our children." One other cool thing: The word "Jokers" appears twice and I believe this is a direct reference to Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," which is a longtime DMB fan favourite.
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