Jesus Christ Lyrics - Brand New
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Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face
The kind you'd find on someone that could save
If they don't put me away
It’ll be a miracle
Do you believe you're missing out?
That everything good is happening somewhere else
With nobody in your bed
The night is hard to get through
And I will die all alone
And when I arrive I won’t know anyone
Jesus Christ, I’m alone again
So what did you do those three days you were dead?
Because this problem is gonna last
More than the weekend
Jesus Christ I’m not scared to die
But I’m a little bit scared of what comes after
Do I get the gold chariot
Or do I float through the ceiling
Or do I divide and pull apart
Cause my bright is too slight to hold back all my dark
This ship went down in sight of land
And at the gates does Thomas ask to see my hands?
I know you're coming in the night like a thief
But I’ve had some time, O Lord, to hone my lying technique
I know you think that I’m someone you can trust
But I’m scared I’ll get scared and I swear I’ll try to nail you back up
So do you think that we could work out a sign
So I’ll know it's you and that it's over so I won't even try
I know you're coming for the people like me
But we all got wood and nails
And we turn out hate in factories
We all got wood and nails
And we turn out hate in factories
We all got wood and nails
And we sleep inside of this machine
Writer: LACEY, JESSE
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Actually.. | Reviewer: Wallaby | 5/3/12
The song Limousine is from 3 points of view. The first is from the mother, up until the point he starts singing "Your beauty supreme." At the part where it starts sing "One I love you so much.." is from Katie's point of view.
Other than that, this is such a beautiful song. To me it kinda has a double meaning, that of religious and that of just a guy talking about a girl. That's just me, anyways.
Truth? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/12
Not sure if its been said, but this song is about the aftermath of a drunk driver who accidentally killed a little girl. This is from the perspective of the man who committed the murder whereas the song Limousine (MS Rebridge) is told from the viewpoint of the little girl. At least that's what I heard and it makes a lot of sense if you look at both lyrics.
Yes-it does contain references to Jesus | Reviewer: J | 1/7/12
This song and the video have some very deep meanings and they do refer to biblical Christianity and also mental illness to some degree. The phrases he uses can only come from someone infused in the Christian faith. The putting Jesus back on the cross is insider talk for pushing Jesus away yet not really rejecting him. You can't talk to Jesus (as in this song) and put him back on the cross if you have no faith to start with. The references to "save" and coming back for people like me all refer to Jesus salvation from death in biblical terms. The reference to meeting Thomas at the gate )of heaven at death) is not found in scripture..but stay with me now. It continues..will Thomas ask to see my hands refers to Thomas needing to examine Jesus' hands and feet before he would believe the man standing in front of him was really Jesus alive again. So the song implies that Thomas (the guy who had to be sure) might doubt the singer's acceptance at the gates of heaven..so he will ask to see proof. It is a really cool and deep Christian reference. The Christian concept of crucifying your earthly will (which seeks self destruction)and allowing God to work new life in you..is where the idea of the singer showing his hands at the gate comes from. Deep theological concept and symbolism. I guess my last thought is the we all have wood and nails refers to building and nailing Jesus to the cross. The Christian theology is God transformed himself into a man so he could interact with man and know exactly what it is to be a man. He came to die for all men, paying the bill so to speak, so we don't have too. So our self-serving, self-destroying nature is what Jesus was sacrificed for. So we all got wood and nails..refers to our brokenness, or "sin"-which means "missing the target". Or it could also refer to our ability to wrongly crucify others in an attempt to make ourselves "better". There are also references in the song and video to hallucinations and terrors. If they don't put me away....means mental hospital when coupled with the images in the video. The words disappearing from the page is another reference to things falling apart. The shots of the guy with angel wings, testing out the branches in a take-off position all refer to leaving this earth..wanting to leave. Jumping off the building is suicide because the guy chose it. The rising up and flying seems to symbolize freedom the earth and the guy's terrors. Someone I love very much suffered a lot of these terrors and wanted to leave here...and did. He struggled a bit with Jesus but in the end grabbed hold of him before he "left". I can't wait to go myself and see him and Jesus too. He listened to this song right before he left earth.
It's a Metaphor | Reviewer: Unknown | 12/22/11
The song play Crack the Sky by the same band is comparing the writer, Jessie Lacey's emotions to a shipwreck. He does the same here, but brings up religion. It's a way to help people connect. I think this has the same vibe of Guernica, and it's likely about suicide due to heartbreak. Almost all of his songs are about pain and bitter emotions. I think he's depressed in general, because all of his songs are, or it's his way of expressing his bitterness so he can get it out of his system. So don't think he's expressing his religion, as he questions Jesus in the song. (So what did you do the three days you were dead? is a reference to his death before he was reincarnated.)
This saddens me | Reviewer: Cody | 12/10/11
These lyrics contradict them self,he says well Jesus christ I'm alone again,but if you have faith then you know our lord is always with you.Also it seems this guy has no hope,and to that I say if there is and was hope for me,then there is hope for all.
I thought the ending was | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/5/11
"we've all got wood and nails.
We turn out hate in factories"
Like a factory that produces hate...
Maybe I'm wrong.
Dear guy who said Jesse didn't write this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/3/11
I know what video you're talking about and the "dude" is Kevin Devine. Jesse wrote the lyrics to this song and respective members of BN wrote their parts. Kevin, being a good friend of Jesse, was given permission to play Jesus Christ on his own tours and there changed it for an acoustic solo vibe. Go listen to the studio version, then the Daisy Sessions version. Clearly the same song, just transposed for an acoustic the second time. When Jesse says something like "Yeah he showed me the song and I loved it" he's talking about Kevin's version of Jesse's song. Honest mistake:)
Amazing song | Reviewer: Kirby | 4/26/11
I saw them live and it was one of the best concerts I've seen. When they played this song literally the whole audience was singing the song. That was just amazing to see and hear. Ill never forget that.
It means alot to me... | Reviewer: Jen | 3/25/11
One of those amazing art pieces that regardless of what the writer meant it can mean everything to the interpreter. Me, where is God when you are in sooooo much pain and what is the lesson of this and when will you know? We all got wood and nails and talk dirt at hating factories is condemnation of another without resolving your own personal faults and sins. And we sleep inside this machiene, the material universe and its robotic inhabitants. That's the best part, the finale.
What if it's not about Religion? | Reviewer: rashi | 3/16/11
I have a simple observation about the possibility that this song may not be about Jesus or strictly about religion...
If you read the lyrics from the top and think of what he is saying about a girl, with an unprecedented beauty ("Jesus Christ! that's a pretty face!").
He seems to be in love with someone but is broken hearted: either because they broke up or he is experiencing unrequited love.
If such a feeling is deep enough (In Love) it is well-known that such a feeling brings up the emotions of loss (as in dying); of doubt and of unimaginable pain.
If whoever wrote the lyrics is a religious being or had an intent to express ties between his pain/love and his most extreme example of overcoming pain and death: he may have chosen someone's experience such as Jesus' in an attempt to reach an understanding of what is the meaning of all his emotions.
In the end, it may just be about both... but let's not forget about the purely-physical aspect of sexual attraction indented in this wonderful song!
Hm. | Reviewer: Chara. (: | 11/19/10
I'm not quite as sure that this song is about him doubting Jesus, or God, or his religion. I think he's talking about how he's acted in the past and he's worried about where he'll end up. I also feel he's worried about who he still is, and his own flaws. Talking about nailing Jesus back up, I think he's doubting himself more than anyone else.
"I know you'll come for the people like me But we all got wood and nails,And talk dirt at hating factories But, we all got wood and nails And talk dirt at hating factories Yeah, we all got wood and nails And we sleep inside of this machine"
"People like me", I feel, is referring to Christians, but he's saying how many of those who claim to be Christians would nail Jesus back up in a second. "Talk dirt at hating factories" It might be addressing the hypocrisy of Christianity and how as a Christian, people are still hateful. Just a thought. (:
my interpretation. | Reviewer: h4ywii | 9/27/10
It's true that no one really knows what Jesse Lacey meant when he wrote this song except for Jesse Lacey unless he outright told people what it meant at a show or interview or something. Regardless, songs can be interpreated many different ways by many different people. However, I do agree with some people on here about, "Why can't a song just outright be about Jesus without everyone trying to find alternate meanings to it?" But yes, you can interpret it however you like.
He's not doubting or rejecting God's existence, however he's struggling with following God. He's overwhelm by human cravings and wants and desires and is torn between doing what's right in God's eyes and what he wants to do out of pure human desire. He feels like everyone else is living it up and good things are going on elsewhere while his life is too quiet and while he's trying to do what God wants. He's wondering many things. What will happen when he dies? Has he been good enough to go to heaven? If he sucumbs to human desires sometimes will that send him to hell? He's also feeling alone, which he references to when he talks about sleeping alone in his bed in the beginning of the song. He's trying to follow God yet at the same time is overcome by his natural human wish to be with someone. This song is more or less, to me, about the many struggles a person has between human desire and following God, and wondering just how good you have to be to get to heaven and if you're pleasing God enough and what that's going to cost you and what you might have to sacrifice to follow God.
Not not Lacey's song. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/25/10
reinn - If you actually watched the Daisy sessions video for this song, you would know that this is not only Jesse Lacey/Brand New's song, but that the "some other dude" that plays the song with them is a friend (Kevin Devine, who is amazing in his own right) who started covering the song in a manner different from which Brand New had typically played it.
Not Lacey's song | Reviewer: reinn | 7/6/10
If you'd kindly watch this song being performed acoustically on YouTube (search for the Daisy sessions), you'll learn that Lacey isn't the author, but some other dude is. :) But the song and lyrics are incredible.
to BLAHFACE | Reviewer: abby | 4/30/10
to blahface.. "woot" way to go there buddy. just made yourself a toooootal hypocrite. patronizing people because they try to find meaning in a song, heaven forbid, when you did the Exact same thing after criticizing. you can try to make meaning to any song and still be able to "listen" to it.
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