“Jesus Christ” by Brand New

October 30, 2009
[Originally posted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:01pm]
These are the lyrics to a song that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. The song is “Jesus” by Brand New, and it is an amazing song — but what is really poignant is the lyrics of the song. I think it is a very well written prayer to God in the midst of despair and confusion. I am not sure of the spiritual state of the writer and I don’t necessarily think it is all theologically correct or what have you, but it’s words really drive home to the state perhaps of someone without hope searching for something to hold onto. I think it is very real and open, and we lack that too much these days in our culture. Here it is:

-by Brand New-

“Jesus Christ, that’s a pretty face,
The kind you’d find on someone that could save.
If they don’t put me away,
Well, It’ll be a miracle.

Do you believe you’re missing out?
That everything good is happening somewhere else?
But 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.
And 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.”

Anyways, it’s a reminder to me of how good it is to have hope and also in contrast to that how dependent and despairing we would be without so great a salvation as has come from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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