The Residents – Wormwood

Perhaps the most unusual example of Biblically-themed music that I have come across in my explorations of that intersection…

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  • Phil Ledgerwood

    I love the Residents. They have a vaguely biblically themed album called “The King and I,” which is ostensibly about Elvis but has strong conflations with the gospels.

  • Gary

    Very disappointed. I have never heard of them. Plus, after listening to it, I can’t really understand the lyrics. So I went to google to get some lyrics. Saw “Judas Saved”, and thought, how neat. They must have used some sayings in the Gospel of Judas! Not!
    I hear a voice
    I hear a voice
    Calling, calling
    Calling me

    With a voice inside my head
    He speaks to me and softly says
    Perfection ends where life begins
    But it can come back again

    I hear a voice
    I hear a voice
    Calling, calling
    Calling me

    Then He said if I could hide
    My faith inside my broken pride
    He would find complete success
    Where innocence embraces death

    I hear a voice
    I hear a voice
    Calling, calling
    Calling me

    Now it is so clear
    He must appear
    To be betrayed
    So we can be saved
    No one can see clearly but me
    I know I must answer the call
    I know I must answer the call
    I know I must answer the call
    I know I must answer the call

    Jesus loves me, this I know
    ‘Cause the Christians told me so
    Little minds to Him belong
    Ye are weak but He is strong

    Yes, Jesus loves me
    Yes, Jesus loves me
    Yes, Jesus loves me
    The Christians told me

    Other than “Perfection ends when life begins”, I think they need to consult with some ANE scholars before they write their songs. And try some diction lessons, so their lyrics are intelligible.

    An example of crap packaged in a slick way. Excuse me for my opinion. But this is music?

    • Gary

      I thought I might have been too harsh and prudish regarding this. So I checked a few more songs. I think I was correct. Mr. Misery – suppose to be on Jeremiah.

      https://youtu.be/39LBLauPnFc