"Love Spreads" as written by and Squire....
Love spreads her arms
Waits there for the nails
I forgive you boy
I will prevail

Too much to take
Some cross to bear
I'm hiding in the trees with a picnic
She's over there, yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

She didn't scream
She didn't make a sound
I forgive you boy
But don't leave town

Cold black skin
Naked in the rain
Hammer flash in the lightning
They're hurting her again

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

I have a dream
I've seen the light
Don't put it out, and she's alright
Yeah, she's my sister

She didn't scream
She didn't make a sound
I forgive you boy
But don't leave town

Cold black skin
Naked in the rain
Hammer flash in the lightning
They're hurting her again

Oh, oh, oh
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

Let me put you in the picture
Let me show you what I mean
The messiah is my sister
Ain't no king, man, she's my queen

I've had a dream
I've seen the light
Don't put it out, and she's alright
Yeah, she's my sister


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"Love Spreads" as written by John Squire

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's basically the Crucifixion, but with Jesus in the form of a black woman. I posted this already under the discussion of the Roses' religious topics in general under "Breaking into Heaven". It's an excerpt from an inerview in Melody Maker from May 13, 1995.
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    One thing I particularly liked about Love Spreads were the lyrics "The Messiah is my sister", which sound really innocuous when you hear them on the radio but in fact you're questioning thousands of years of Christianity by saying that. It's a casually controversial thing to have in a pop song.

    IAN: "I don't see it as controversial."

    Tell that to the Pope!

    IAN: "Well, if you read the Dead Sea scrolls, they tell you that Mary Magdalene gave Him his power."

    ROBBIE: "Do you know what The Bible calls the church? 'She'. It's like what The Bible calls the earth, 'Mother Earth'."

    Maybe, but it's always been written that God/Jesus was a Him. You could be on the brink of a major religious and political storm here, with people - in Italy or Ireland say - burning records in the street like they did with The Beatles!

    JOHN: "The idea of the song is, 'Why couldn't Jesus have been a black woman?' It's just an attack on the white guy with a beard sittin' on a cross, cos that reinforces the patriarchal society."
    mattpon April 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSounds like the guy is in love with a woman in an abusive relationship. He draws a parallel to the crucifixion.
    ZidaneTribalon December 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe messiah died for mankind because he loves us. So that we could be saved from our sins, because the sins separate us from God.

    Consider that the woman in the song is the messiah.

    So the love spreads her arms because she was sacrificed for love.
    TheUnpluggedGuyon June 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song may have been written with fact in mind that Jesus wasn't a white guy.
    OpinionHeadon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song's music and intro are amazing!
    peace_love_empathyon December 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think that they are saying that the messiah is love.
    lovespraeds2847on December 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHardly redundant! Very, very dark lyrics that don't need to be explained
    ctidon March 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes i agree this is the best stone roses song definately.
    i think mattp is very right along with zidanetribal, but one thing i dont understand is why call it 'love spreads' if its about pondering the traditional idea of jesus being a man.
    'love spreads her arms, waits there for the nails' ? why is love spreading the arms of the messiah? i thought it was one of the executioner men that put the nails in jesus, hardly someone who is likely to be spreading love. any ideas anyone?
    wordsandbirdson May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is definitely the best stone roses song..! lyrics may be redundant but it just comes out so clean and smooth. great, great song.
    (intro might sound familiar to NU107 listeners)
    kikson September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHint #5: What do Slipknot and the last letter of the greek alphabet have in common?
    OpinionHeadon July 25, 2005   Link

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