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From the album The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, Rocky Mountain Way was a #23 hit for Joe Walsh in 1973.

Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Ken Passarelli & Rocke Grace

J's Journal:
The name "Simon" was about as common in ancient Judea as "Joe" is in America today, and a number of Simons are mentioned in the New Testament. Even among the Apostles, there were two Simons -- Simon the Zealot and Simon son of Jonah, the brother of Andrew. But out of all the Apostles -- including Andrew, John, James, and the rest of the gang -- Simon Peter was the confessor that Jesus was "the Christ, the son of the living God." That's one of the reasons Jesus called him Peter, "The Rock." Although he was just an ordinary, average guy, he had an extraordinary faith. Sure, he chose to walk away and deny Jesus in the city before His crucifixion, but he left his life of seclusion after Christ's resurrection and all of a sudden became a bold witness for the Lord in the long run. This song was written way back in 1996, I think, and it sat in the vaults for a decade. Our old drummer Bill "Moose" Rieger thought it was really funny, and that was one of the main reasons we chose it for this project, although by the time we recorded it, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner was our drummer. That's ironic, because there was already a line in the song that said, "And there was a tanner."
Genre: Classic Rock
Length: 4:41

Rocky's Now My Name
Parody of "Rocky Mountain Way" by Joe Walsh
(Matthew 16:18; John 1:42)

Spent my past here, stuck in Galilee
Couldn't get inspired
Found the Master then He changed my name
'cause Simon's old and tired
And you know Jesus says that I'm a rocky, stoney lad
But if Rocky's now my name it's better than the name I had

Well, the Zealot, magician and leper all had
Names that they shared with me
And there was a tanner
Jesus' brother and Judas' dad – even a Pharisee
Simon's name was standard
And there's Simon of Cyrene and
Simon Cowell and more than that, uh huh
So if Rocky's now my name it's better that He named me that

John 1:42
And he brought him to Jesus.  Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John.  You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter).

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