If I Was The Priest lyrics

Part of the hammond demos.
(recorded by allan clarke on solo album in 1975) written by bruce

Well theres a light on yonder mountain
And its calling me to shine
Theres a girl over by the water fountain
And shes asking to be mine
And aint that jesus, hes standing in the doorway
With a buckskin jacket, boots and spurs, so really fine
He says we need you up in dodge city, son
cause theres oh so many bad boys (just too many outlaw)
Tryin to work the same line

Well now if jesus was the sheriff and I were the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my mama was a thief
Oh and papa rode shotgun for the fargo line
Theres still too many outlaws
Tryin to work the same line

Now old sweet virgin mary
She runs the holy grail saloon
Where for a nickel theyll give you whisky
And the personally blessed balloon
And the holy ghost, hes the host with the most
He runs the burlesque show
Where they let you in for free
But oh hit you for your soul when you go
And mary serves mass on sunday
And then she sells her body on monday
To the bootlegger who will pay the highest price
But he dont know he got stuck with a loser
Marys a stone junkie, whats more shes a boozer
And shes only been made once or twice
By some kind of magic

Well things aint been the same in heaven
Ever since big bad bobby came to town
Hes been known to down eleven
And then ask for another round
And me I got scabs on my knees
From kneeling way too long
I gotta take a stand, be the man, up where you belong
And forget about the old friends and the old times
Because theres just too many new boys
Tryin to work the same line

Well now if jesus was the sheriff and I were the priest
If my lady was an heiress and my mama was a thief
Oh and papa rode shotgun for the fargo line
Theres still too many bad boys
Tryin to work the same line

Now theres a light on yonder mountain
And its calling me to shine
Theres a girl by the water fountain
And shes asking to be mine
And jesus, hes standing in the doorway
With his six-guns drawn, and ready to fan
He says we need you son, up in dodge city
But Im already overdue in cheyenne

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What do you think is the meaning of If I Was The Priest by Bruce Springsteen?