"Asleep in the Chapel" as written by and Geoffrey/keeley Rickly....
Three chalk outlines sleep in the dirty street
And in our beds, under the sheets
They're the halo of guilt hanging around your neck
Next to the rosary you count falling asleep
And we're praying

These are the symptoms
Of letting go of all our hope
Since we can't compete with martyred saints
We'll douse ourselves in gasoline and hang our bodies from the lampposts
So that our shadows turn into bright lights

'White lights, white heat'
We'll make as we're backing out in the center lane
(We swerve)
To the beat
(Spill)
All the ink
No revisions
Do you hear the church bells ringing?

Wake up!! Wake up in an outline and try to speak
With the shattered voice of the lives we lead
(Have we slept too long)
Between the bullet holes in a stained glass window state?
And we're praying

These are the symptoms
Of letting go of all our hope
(When we repent)
And we're praying
(We fall on the page)
(Read in the margins)
We are the symptoms
Of letting go of all our hope

Someday we'll be complete like modern saints
Baptize our kids in gasoline
And hang our doubts up in cathedrals
So that they turn to faith in the colored sun

'Red rain, red rain'
We'll make as we're backing out in the center lane
(We swerve)
To the beat
(Spill)
All the ink
(No revisions)
Do you hear the church bells ringing?
They ring for you

(We woke up this morning to a sky with no air in it
And the street is filled with a thousand burning crosses
And what we thought was the sunrise, just passing headlights)

Still the choir girls sing
'Oh lord, can you save us, save us?
Oh, lord, sing hallelujah.
Oh lord, can you save us, save us?
Oh, lord, sing hallelujah.'

They are the symptoms
Of letting go of all our hope
We're falling asleep with open eyes
Falling asleep inside the chapel
Falling asleep in chalk outlines
Falling asleep as the headlights pass us by


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"Asleep in the Chapel" as written by Geoffrey/keeley Rickly

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  • +1
    General Commenti like life and religion. yay for Thursday!
    sundaybeston September 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGeoff said on their website that the song was about being at home all alone with no power and wondering if perhaps there really was no god. He was hesitant to give up his faith altogether because he knew he could never get it back. Just before he abandoned everything, the power came back on and the clock was blinking. He said that at this point he stopped truly believing in god but will never stop hoping that there is something in the world beyond chemical reactions and pheremones.
    sin mi caraon August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome lyrics, neither promoting or speaking out against religion, but just being able to get the point where you can question your own beliefs.
    SickandTiredon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is song means to me that at a certain point. The glass that embodies ur religious beliefs are shattered. Life begins to make less sense when religion is not the reason for life. This is how i felt for a long time, and when i heard this song, and Before rupture and rapture, i didnt feel so alone anymore in my pain.
    SWEETSUSPENDERSon May 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is more about how people aren't willing to invest any real devotion in their religion. They put blind faith in it and expect God to save them no matter what they do. Nobody takes the time to question why they believe what they do, they just take ot for granted. I think this is especially clear in the lines about the choir girls asking Lord to save us.
    Side note, is it supposed to be a sky with no erring, or a sky with no air in it? The CD insert doesn't say and I can't tell for sure.
    asleepinthechapelon May 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheir latest album is all abot war... i think this song about a war and what they see in it... just listen to the lyrics and try to understand...maybe you get it...
    evilclownon June 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou're an idiot. the album may have war like images and yes maybe some songs are subtley touching on current issues but the majority of the album is nothign to do with war. war all the time is simply tackling the issue of the conflicts we face everyday in our lives. geoff has said this in many interviews. and this song clearly isn't about war, it's about religion. it's critique of people who blindly follow religion without any true thought into the matter.

    the only songs on the album that could possibly have anything to do with a war are marches and maneuvers and war all the time but they still only really use that imagery to convey a far more social message.
    shutupshutupshutupon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually Marches & Maneuvers is about abortion(administer the pill, before the cell divides; threats and picket lines are forming around our beds). Although you are correct that it uses images of war to convey their message. You're also right that evilclown is an idiot :)
    asleepinthechapelon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthmm, interesting. i guessed it had something to do with abortion or somekind of medical topic, that seemed obvious, but it was never confirmed. is geoff pro-life or is he in favour of abortion?
    shutupshutupshutupon June 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits all about war! hallelujah
    Emericanon June 15, 2004   Link

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