"Cancer" as written by and Paul Edward Draper....
My book of Mormon
Wrapped in Turin
And it seems inferior and jittery
You preach elastic
To your jagged flock
In an eerie passion for self-flattery

I'm emotionally raped by Jesus
I'm emotionally raped by Jesus now
But I'm still here
Yes, somehow I'm still here

What now of my faith
Just a desperate exercise to limit pain
I am weak
I'm emotional and sensitive and frail
In need of some love
Pull the cancer from the Vatican's own state
Uninformed
You will harbour those who nurtured Europe's War
Keep turning my cheek
In a fragile state of violence left me weak
No guilt
Hold your people in disdain and steal their grace

I need replacement
To feel redefined
And it's just this matter of identity
You preach elastic
To your jagged flock
It's an eerie passion for self-flattery

Emotionally I'm wrapped in shame
Emotionally I feel I'm raped
Oh, emotionally in chains

What now of my faith
It's a desperate exercise to limit pain
No guilt
Hold your people in disdain and steal their grace
Keep turning my cheek
I'm emotional and sensitive and weak
Uninformed
You have harboured those who nurtured Europe's War


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"Cancer" as written by Paul Edward Draper

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    General CommentPaul went to a Catholic school which he said wasn't very good.
    Mansunroseon January 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPaul says in an interview (Uncut 98) "'Cancer' is a metaphor for The Vatican, and for religion in general, and refers to my strict Catholic upbringing, which I thought was a pile of shit."
    Mansunroseon January 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove this song. The vocals are amazing and the music is also amazing. Beautiful, wonderful song. One of my very favorites.
    Mansunroseon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMust also add that this song has so much emotion to it. It is an emotional thriller to listen to. :)
    Mansunroseon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about the Catholic Church - maybe Paul (Draper) is a disaffected Catholic or just suspicious of religion?
    walesrobon December 30, 2007   Link

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