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    Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Eyes of Righteousness

    A blessed Holy Week to you from us here at the Smark Henry offices!

    Since it is Holy Tuesday, it's only appropriate that we feature a religious-themed entrance song this week. And with the Dudley Boyz' upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks, why not shine the spotlight on D-Von Dudley, who once took on a reverend gimmick and had a rather #blessed theme song:

    Damn, this song can actually pass off for a legit church anthem!

    I wouldn't be surprised if I heard this at a praise and worship session. The organ at the start, along with the slow cadence of the drums give the track a nice little beat that lets it belong both at the service and at the wrestling arena. Hell, even without the vocals, I love how this track is arranged because it gets me all upbeat and ready to praise Jesus... or deliver a beatdown.

    You have to give Jim Johnston a lot of credit for how this track came together. If you look at the lyrics, they don't sound all that different from the themes of Southern gospel tracks. Don't believe me? Have a look:

    He's called my name.
    He's called my name.
    He's called my name.
    He's called my name.
    Put my faith to the test.
    Lord, give me eyes of righteousness.
    Oh I was a sinner.
    I was unclean.
    But I've been to the mountain,
    And the truth, I've seen.
    Yes I bear witness.
    Put my faith to the test.
    Oh Lord give me eyes of righteousness.
    Don't covet no money.
    Don't covet the flesh (I don't need it no more).
    Don't covet evil,
    Of souls posessed.
    Surrender your soul,
    To the light above.
    Open your heart,
    To all his love.
    (Chorus) Oh let us pray,
    Let's get on our knees
    And while you're down there,
    Please please please.
    Well let's show those sinners,
    Your power and life.
    Let's wash away the darkness
    With the light.
    Well well well... Eyes of righteousness... Down here on my knees...
    I'm a fan of how biblical these lyrics get, down to the references to the Ten Commandments. It's such a morally and religiously righteous theme song that it can cross the line and sound hypocritical, especially given the heel nature of Reverend D-Von's schtick. The line, "Don't covet no money," is particularly hilarious since Reverend D-Von and Deacon Batista were known for collecting money from the live audiences as part of their gimmick.

    The vocals are also top-notch here because Johnston enlists singers who sound like they really do sing gospel. And I'm a fan of how the melody just hikes all the way up towards the end. Bumirit talaga si ate girl. Now, that's commitment.

    It's not like gospel is an entirely foreign genre to WWE fans. After all, there's a current entrance theme that's inspired by gospel music: The New Day's theme.

    In an interesting twist of fate, The New Day's gimmick—particularly how Big E's personality came out—is inspired by Big E's father, who is a career preacher.

    What are your favorite religious-themed gimmicks and theme songs in wrestling? Sound off in the comments as you prepare for the long weekend in celebration of Holy Week!

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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