"Jesus Children Of America" as written by and Stevie Wonder....
Hello Jesus
Jesus children
Jesus loves you
Jesus children
Hello children Jesus loves you of America

Are you hearing
What he's saying?
Are you feeling
What you're praying?
Are you hearing, praying, feeling what you say inside?

You'd better tell
Your story fast
And if you lie
It will come to pass

(Tell me!) Tell me holy
(Holy roller) Holy roller
(Are you standing) Are you standing
(Like a soldier?) Like a soldier?
(Well) Are you standing for everything you talk about?
Holy roller

Say (Transcen) transcendental
(Dental meditation) Meditation
(Speaks of) Speaks of inner
(Inner preservation) Preservation
(Well) Transcendental meditation gives you peace of mind
Peace of mind

You'd better tell
Your story fast
And if you lie
It will come to pass

Tell 'em
Don't lie to 'em
Don't tell lies (Tell 'em)
Don't lie to 'em

Ooh (Tell 'em)
(Don't lie to 'em) Hu hu yeah
(Tell 'em)
(Don't lie to 'em) Oh let me tell you
(Tell me) Tell me junkie
(If you're able) If you're able
(Playing) Are you playing your cards
(On the table) On the table
(Yeah) Are you happy when you stick a needle in your vein
Hey hey (Tell the children) hey

(Jesus) Jesus died on
(Cross for you) Cross for you
(Mary) Mary is just
(Looking at you) Looking at you
(Yeah) Mother Mary feels so much pain
(Looking at him)

So, you better tell
(Tell your story) Your story fast
Tell your story, story!
And if you lie (Yeah, tell your story)
It will come to pass (Yeah, tell your story, story!)

You better tell
(Tell your story) Your story fast
Tell your story, story!
And if you lie (Yeah, tell your story)
It's gonna come to pass (Yeah, hey!)

Um, I need you Jesus

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"Jesus Children of America" as written by Stevie Wonder

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    General CommentThis is probably his best overall vocal performance imo
    deeewoohon September 17, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI thought this song was about John Lennon at first, with 'Holy Roller' being a reference to Lennon's song Come Together, the 'Jesus died for you' stuff referring to the 'Beatles Bigger Than Jesus' comment that John made, the references to transcendental meditation which John had done in India in '68 and the junkie remarks which make sense considering John's heavy drug use, in particular his heroin addiction. John of course had written the song 'God' just 3 years before this song was released where he seems to put down religious and states he doesn't believe in Jesus, The Bible etc. And John had been a solider of peace and doing a lot of protesting around this time.

    But now I'm thinking it's just taking aim at people who claim to believe in Jesus but don't live their lives accordingly...the meditation part confuses me though
    acphenomon April 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm not sure at all, but I understand the song as a critique against some types of Christians, that are maybe too extreme, unrealistic or fanatic. Maybe the meditation is something he finds silly or too extreme. The "Mary looking at you" part may be a reference to more catholic beliefs or practices, but I'm not sure at all! "Are you hearing/feeling what you're praying?", "are you standing up like a soldier?" also gives me an impression that he's excaggarating (or even parodying) some ways of being a Christian, and maybe being too focused on being a perfect person. At least that's a possibility, in my opinion. Ask him!
    TommyVFon February 07, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe „Holy Roler“ dear people is an old mocking name for Christians of old when they were falling down under the power of God and rolling! “Jesus People” was also a name of Hippie movement in early 1970 in which many young people were converting to Christ! And S.Wonder wrongfully accusing them all from taking “needle in the vein” as he thought that they were all taking drugs, but this clearly was not the case as many turned away from drugs when they find their joy in living Christ! I know some of this people until today. ISNT IT STRANGE THAT JUST 3 DAYS AFTER S.W.RELEASED THIS BLESPHEMEOUS BLASPHEMOUS SONG HE HAD A SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT? AFTER WHICH HE CONFESSED THAT IT CHANGED HIM A LOT AND HE SAID "thanks to God that I'm alive." I AM 100% SURE THIS WAS THE CASE DEAR PEOPLE!
    davidosokon May 08, 2013   Link

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