"Jesusland" as written by and Benjamin Scott Folds....
Take a walk
Out the gate you go and never stop
Past all the stores and wig shops
Quarter in a cup for every block
And watch the buildings grow
Smaller as you go

Down the tracks
Beautiful McMansions on a hill
That overlook a highway
With riverboat casinos and you still
Have yet to see a soul


Town to town
Broadcast to each house, they drop your name
But no one knows your face
Billboards quoting things you'd never say
You hang your head and pray

For Jesusland

Miles and miles
And the sun goin' down
Pulses glow
From their homes
You're not alone
Lights come on
As you lay your weary head on their lawn

Parking lots
Cracked and growing grass you see it all
From offices to farms
Crosses flying high above the malls
A longer walk

Through Jesusland

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"Jesusland" as written by Benjamin Scott Folds Ben Folds

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  • +2
    General CommentOn the DVD he says it's about if Jesus was walking around the world today and saw people using his name to sell stuff how would he feel? He's all alone, no one to help him, and the entire world is using him.

    Town to town;/broadcast to each house, they drop your name,/but no one knows your face.
    agentdomon May 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it is important to note for all of you Christians out there that even though this entire song isn`t meant to be sacreligious, Ben Folds is not exactly a Jesus-worshipper, and other things have been said in other songs to prove so. This piece is simply about hypocrisy and how people live meaningless lives in small townes in boxes-- mini `Jesuslands`.
    busybeaon October 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentImagine if Jesus were actually walking through America. That's what I see this as. The first verse I think sets it up and the second verse makes the commentary.

    "Town to town;
    broadcast to each house, they drop your name,
    but no one knows your face.
    Billboards quoting things you'd never say;
    you hang your head and pray
    for Jesusland."

    First two lines are saying Christianity is everywhere in America. It's like McDonald's. The next line, "no one knows your face" is saying that while Christianity is all great and whatnot, no one really practices what Jesus taught. It's pointing out the fakeness of a great deal of modern religion. Same thing with the next line. The last two lines I just imagine Jesus hanging his headand hoping we eventually get it right.

    It's not a commentary on religion necessarily, it's more of a comment on America. That is not to say that Christianity gets off scott-free, but I think most of it is a commentary on America.
    Thanatoon July 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think, more accurately, Ben says that this song is about America rather than the whole world...
    boyBaconon May 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe also points out how ironic and almost disgusting it is that in such a "Christian country" you still see people who are poor, homeless, and hungry begging on every street corner.... "quarter in a cup for every block".... Also, I think the "sun goin' down" line isn't a jab at the Resurrection but a jab at people who use their "faith" as a front or a selling point. Their actions, when seen by some one who doesn't believe like Ben, only diminishes Christianity's credibility. It makes Jesus "go down."
    orchiDanceon May 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the line "Lights come on as you lay your weary head on their lawn"

    To me it sort of seems that Ben's getting at people who say they're Christians but don't actually let Jesus into their life - they leave him outside on the lawn...
    jennifer00777on September 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPhreek, do you even know what a McMansion is? It's a slang term used by architects for a housing style that big like a mansion but still lacks "nutritional value"
    oldmanstaufon March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is so amazing and beautiful, the verse:
    Miles and miles,
    and the sun goin' down,
    Pulses glow
    from their homes,
    You're not alone.
    Lights come on
    as you lay your weary head on their lawn.

    is so powerful and says so much
    not only as said earlier"he is left out on the lawn"..he doesn't ask to go in...just lays his head wherever but the lights come on...the lights that tell the people that someone's hanging about outside..these people even have defences and security against him
    aunty_sherbon May 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song the first thing that came to mind was the suburbs of nashville, tennessee. the area fits the "jesusland" described in this song to a T. and it makes a lot of sense after learning that folds lives on the outskirts of nashville.
    having lived in the area for several years i can relate- the way christianity is so commercialized down there is more than slightly hypocritical when you look around at the materialistic wealthy folks...living in their "McMansions on the hill".

    How everyone is so obsessed with wealth and social status that they forget the religious values they claim they posess.
    awakeinyouon October 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTrue that the theme of overcomericalization has been told and retold. But, I find the perspective and religious commentary to be refreshing and very original. As a Christian, I find it particularly moving.

    The line

    "Lights come on
    as you lay your weary head on their lawn."

    Reminds me of the words to Away in a Manger:

    "The little lord Jesus Lays down his sweet head"

    And, it's interesting to note a possible connection with the electric nativity scenes that Ben cites in his Over the Hedge version of Rockin' The Suburbs.

    In that song, which addresses a very similar theme to this one, he sings:

    "Hot real-estate - rising stars
    'get rich quick' seminars
    soap opera magazines
    40 thousand watt nativity scenes"

    So, by looking at the connection between these two songs, you could interpret a connection. Jesus is both figuratively and literally left out on the lawn.

    I'm not saying this is exactly what he meant, but just something to thing about.
    pikabooon July 23, 2007   Link

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