No Church In The Wild

On Tweetdeck, I follow mentions of “nonbeliever”, because I’m a glutton for punishment.

I noticed that people kept tweeting, “What’s a god to a nonbeliever?” and wondered where that phrase came from. At first, I thought it must be some Christian pop rock song. However, the phrase came up way too frequently for that.

It comes from a song by Kayne West, featuring Frank Ocean and Jay Z called, “No Church In The Wild”

The lyrics are fascinating, and appear unfavorable to religion and revisionist/whitewashing history. The song also brings up Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma…and polyamory? I thought that was pretty keen:

[Hook: Frank Ocean]

Human beings in a mob

What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a God?

What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?

Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild

 

[Jay-Z]

Tears on the mausoleum floor, blood stains the Colosseum doors

Lies on the lips of a priest, Thanksgiving disguised as a feast

Rolling in Rolls Royce Corniche

Only the doctors got this, I’m hiding from police

Cocaine seats, all white like I got the whole thing bleached

Drug dealer chic, I’m wondering if a thug’s prayers reach

Is Pious pious cause God loves pious?

Socrates asked whose bias do y’all seek?

All for Plato, screech, I’m out here balling, I know yall hear my sneaks

Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy he laid beats

Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats, preach

 

[Hook]

 

[Bridge: The-Dream]

I live by you, desire

I stand by you, walk through the fire

Your love is my scripture

Let me into your encryption

 

[Kanye West]

Coke on her black skin

Make a stripe like a zebra, I call that jungle fever

You will not control the threesome

Just roll the weed up until I get me some

We formed a new religion

No sins as long as there’s permission

And deception is the only felony

So never fuck nobody without telling me

Sunglasses and Advil, last night was mad real

Sun coming up, 5 a.m., I wonder if they got cabs still?

Thinking ’bout the girl in all leopard

Who was rubbing the wood like Kiki Shepherd

Two tattoos one read “No Apologies”

The other said “Love is Cursed by Monogamy”

It’s something that the pastor don’t preach

It’s something that a teacher can’t teach

When we die the money we can’t keep

But we probably spend it all cause the pain ain’t cheap, preach

This website here offers an explanation of the lyrics much better than I could do.

Also you can hear it:

 

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I think I might like it.

What do you think it means?

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  • Reed

    The “who don’t believe in anything” lyric bothers me, but only a little bit. I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it.

  • Marella

    You gotta admire some of the rhymes, mausoleum floor, Colosseum doors, very impressive.

  • Dustin

    This was one of my favorite songs from Watch the Throne. Awesome.


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