Leave it to Steve Earle to let a good story get in the way of a song about Jesus. Still, he wrote a song about Jesus, and it made it onto his best record, Copperhead Road, in 1988, with the wonderful Maria McKee singing backup.
It's a good story he told, at this 2018-ish show. It sure explains a lot.
If you want to catch that moment in time, though, when our boy was both at the early peak of his fame -- MCA didn't know what to do with him -- and halfway dopesick before a one-year hitch at Cold Creek, you can see him do the same song here and here.
But as John writes in Chapter 1, verse 1: "In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
And a long time ago, Steve wrote a song about The Living Word of God.
And that's alright.