"Missouri" as written by Al Sparhawk, Mimi J. Parker and Zachary Micheletti....
Oh, speak to me Adam and Eve
Oh Missouri, oh Missouri

You wanted it back, faces painted black
Oh Missouri, oh Missouri

What did you get for your dishes and sweat?
Oh Missouri, oh Missouri, oh Missouri

Oh, speak to me Adam and Eve
Oh Missouri, oh Missouri, oh Missouri, oh Missouri, oh Missouri

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"Missouri" as written by Mimi J. Parker Al Sparhawk

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    General CommentThe most apparent meaning is in Mormon beliefs and history. Mormons believe the garden of eden was in what is now Missouri. The Mormons went to Missouri, hoping to regain paradise, but mobs forced them out of the state. Also, Mormon followers sacrificed one day in ten to build a temple. People supposedly donated their best dishes to be ground up and added to the plaster on the exterior of the temple, thus making the temple sparkle in the sun.

    But given all that...

    I think "misery" well replaces "missouri" in the song to give a double meaning. Though Mormons believe Adam and Eve did the right thing to leave the Garden of Eden, it is full of mixed emotions because of the bitter and sweet world they entered. Also, Missouri for the Mormons has the same feeling because there are such grand prophecies about the place, but so many murders too.
    uneducated_noviceon May 06, 2006   Link

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