there's a sunday school
four blocks away from you,
and it's all we ever do:
skip rocks across the lawn
to sidestep what we've become
and the stupid things we've done.

but there's a stained-glass scene
of the nativity
looking down on everyone:
eyes wide and cauterized,
smoke-screened and burglarized,
burning holes through you and me.

if we're never gonna be this
innocent again, then why pretend?

i'm through digging through the words i caught
by accident from you,
cuz if there's something left to lose
then there's nothing left to prove
to the church doors, the chapel steps,
and the sunday schools.

there's a part of you
pinpricked and painted blue,
bullet-holed and broken through,
sunburned by window glass,
covered up by all that's passed,
beaten down and shuttered fast.

i'm through digging through the words
i caught by accident from you,
cuz if there's something left to lose
then there's nothing left to prove
to the church doors, the chapel steps,
and the sunday schools.
to anyone, to me, to you.

there's a sunday school
four blocks away from you,
and it's all we ever do.




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Sunday School song meanings
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    General CommentI really like this song, it reminds me of my childhood. I think the underlying theme here is innocence and the loss of innocence.

    "there's a sunday school four blocks away from you" - in this person there is present some innocent state, though it is removed (four blocks away)

    "skip rocks across the lawn to sidestep what we've become" - skipping rocks is a child's game, here it's like in order to cope with what bad things we've done, we pretend to be little again or recall our former state of innocence

    "but there's a stained-glass scene of the nativity" even though we try to cover up our wrongdoings by re-inacting our innocence, a God is always watching and knows exactly what we've done, and we feel the guilt "burning holes through you and me"

    "if we're never gonna be this innocent again, then why pretend?" - the whole point of the song I believe, stated pretty explicitly

    I think the "something left to lose" is virginity, if you still have your virginity, you have nothing to prove. Sounds like he overheard his girlfriend talk about how she lost her virginity possibly

    Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think the main theme here is that people escape their immorality by pretending to be innocent like children, but there is something watching that knows and punishes them. Can't escape it.
    uuon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, when I was in grade school I was obsessed with Miracle of 86 and made complete transcriptions (Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals) of just about every song. They're reasonably accurate, at least enough to let you pull off your own covers. If you'd like to see them please holler.
    uuon September 13, 2006   Link

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