Jesus, here lies my brother
Tortured and blown
Stretch for the heavens and go
...I watch him go
Here it comes

Jesus was a poor boy
Jesus was a poor boy
"It's justa spring clean for the May queen"
I'm coming home

And this one's for the life
This one's for the funeral in the rain
And if only for tonight
This one's for the funeral in the rain

The day's gone and the year's gone
And I don't know when I'm coming home
I can't hold on to what I've had
When what I've had
There's nothing left at all...

So this one's for the life
This one's for the funeral in the rain
And if only for tonight
Close your eyes and try to sleep again...

A world away, you turn away
I'm wide awake, and I don't need your home
Tell me why he went, it seems to be
An element to this mystery
It's so cold today, so I get away, and I'm left behind with nothing but words...

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Funeral song meanings
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Devin Townsend song. Not only that, but my favorite song by anyone, ever. It evokes feelings that are hard to describe.

    As for the meaning. A little hard to decipher, but I believe it is about a loss of individuality, but not neccessarily by Devin. I think Devin is reffering to his old self as "Jesus." (For most of the song, in the chorus he sings "the funeral in the rain." However, near the end, he says "my funeral in the rain"). Devin "watched him go," seeing his old self leave.

    "Jesus was a poor boy," meaning before the person lost his/her individuality, he/she was poor, but not neccessarily financially.

    My favorite minute of music ever starts at about 4:20 in the song (haha, pot). I'm not sure about "The day's gone and the year's gone," but "Tell me why he went.." seems to be the person not understanding why he lost his former self. It is an element to the mystery.

    This song seems pretty hard to decipher to me, but I think that it is a tribute to a person's former self, the life and "funeral" (death) of it. Or, I could just fuck off.
    manlyloveon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think manlylove is on the right track with one of the meanings. The other more obvious meaning I've gathered from the song is about death. The song deals with concepts such as salvation and death. 'spring clean for the may queen' is a reference to the simple ease and routine dying is for someone. It's also a lyric in 'Stairway to heaven', see what I'm getting at?

    The song appears to be discussing the death of someone, trying for others to accept the death as a natural thing, and the fact that all is left from the person is words. The song also questions the reason for death and seems to ask why Jesus would die, as it's an element to the mystery of death.
    NapalmNewton October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure Dev posted on Formspring (or something like that) that this song was about the death of a close friend.
    claptonandslashon June 05, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLed Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
    samwaltonon August 07, 2007   Link

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