"Dishes" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Stephen Patrick Mackey and Mark Andrew Webber....
I am not Jesus though I have the same initials
I am the man who stays home and does the dishes
And how was your day?
Is that woman still trying to do your head in?
A man told me to beware of thirty-three
He said
"It was not an easy time for me"
But I'll get through
Even though I've got no miracles to show you.

I'd like to make this water wine
But it's impossible
I've got to get these dishes dry

I'll read a story if it helps you sleep at night
I've got some matches if you ever need a light
Oh, I am just a man
But I'm doing what I can to help you

I'd like to make this water wine
But it's impossible
I've got to get these dishes dry

And I'm, I'm not worried that I will never touch the stars
'Cause stars belong up in heaven
And the earth is where we are
Oh, yeah
And aren't you happy just to be alive?
Anything's possible
You've got no cross to bear tonight
No, not tonight
No, not tonight
I am not Jesus though I have the same initials


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"Dishes" as written by Jarvis Branson Cocker Candida Doyle

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    General CommentBefore I start my babble, I love the line about touching the stars.

    OK, here I go. I think that roughly translated, it's like "I'm not perfect. I'm not the best partner, the best lover, the best person, but I'm me. This is who I am, and I'll do everything I can to make our life together good."

    What do you think? Lol.♥
    xsvsxon June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is an incredible metaphore from Jarvis. It's about realizing that at a certain age you are not the human you would have like to be. When he sings about the water into wine, it refers in transforming his own life into something else. Then you look at the mirror, and you just 'stay home and do the dishes'.
    GranEleon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLovely song this. I love the bit about never touching the stars. It seems hopeful in a dire situation. Or it could just be that Jarvis realised that he had the same initials as Jesus and thought it was mildly interesting.
    Geeballs14on June 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all the comments here.

    The song also resonates with my experience of the tension involved with being in a relationship with someone who really believed in god while you are a complete atheist.

    You can't offer them the comfort of agreeing with them that when we die we will live on because you just don't believe it and that frightens them because a conception of death as nothing is scary to them. But the only comforts you can give them are earthly. You care about their fear of death but at the same time wish you could make them see it your way.

    Also, Jarvis treats the subject with humour and pathos whilst maintaining a sensitivity towards religion. Lovely, truly lovely.
    boozmon June 28, 2012   Link

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