"U.B. Jesus" as written by and David Byrne....
Sunrise, I'm still dancing Girlfriend, she's my champion
Swing low, pull me over
Hey - be my savior

Blood, Skin
Show me the book
Don't understand the language that they spoke

Don't pity me
Have pity on yourself
You might know Jesus but you'll all join in hell

Shine On Sister!
Don't need a book to put your hand in the fire
Shine On Sister!
Come on in cause it's cold outside

Kiss Me!
Kiss Me!
I can tell your name by the markings on your face

U. B. Jesus
Makin' my way & I'm lovin' my life
Kiss Me!
Kiss Me!
Swing so crazy like the way you ride

Maybe I'm gonna fry in hell
But I feel good when I burn myself
In a smokey place, In my girlfriends car
Threw out the map when we drove to far

Jesus is big
Jesus is strong
Jesus'll kill you if you don't get along

Jesus can swing
Jesus has skills
Go on & try it if you don't believe he will

Jump Back, Jump Back
Givin' me a heart attack
Fall down, Fall down
Sweeter than a cherry bomb

Sweet Thing, Sweet Thing
Steppin' on your violin
Space Boy, Fly Girl
Living in the underworld

Shine On Sister!
Don't need a book to put your hand in the fire
Shine On Sister!
Come on in cause it's cold outside

Jesus is cool
Jesus is scared
Baby you are the only car I drive

Foolin around
Foolin myself
Baby you are the only car I drive

Easy to touch
Easy to find
Baby you are the only car I drive

Melts in my mouth
Melts in the hand
Baby you are the only car I drive

Outta my skin
Outta my life
Baby you are the only car I drive
The only car I drive


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"U.B. Jesus" as written by David Byrne

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    General CommentI love this song. David Byrne is an incredible musician. I may be completely wrong, but to me this song is about religious fanatics that end up judging everyone they meet because they don't "uphold strong christian values" (yes i have heard that said) and going against what their religion truly stands for. the part of the song that says
    "Don't pity me
    Have pity on yourself
    You might know Jesus but you'll all join in hell,"
    is the part that really reinforces my interpretation in my mind.
    mellowed-outon August 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought he said "but you're large on hell."
    astralsahuon November 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with mellowed out
    but i also felt that this song was about how religion is marketed now as a product as in jesus is the only car i drive, similar to saying i'd never drive anything other than a toyota.
    and also of course using fear to manipulate belief =]
    demeteron September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely "...large on hell"

    I think he's crediting Jesus, but attempting to give Christians a something which most of them don't don't have- a belief in the divinity within themselves. And a responsibility to shine within themselves as Jesus did, as he was also a man. Also to toss out the books and rules and religions and LIVE life ("put your hand into the fire") without being scared to sin or "burn" yourself. What good is navigating life with a map?

    impetuosoulon May 08, 2010   Link

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