"Jesus the Mexican Boy" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Jesus the Mexican boy
Born in a truck on the fourth of July
Gave me a card with a lady naked on the back
Barefoot at night on the road
Fireworks blooming above in the sky
I never knew I was given the best one from the deck

He never wanted nothing I remember
Maybe a broken bottle if I had two
Hanging behind his holy even temper
Hiding the more unholy things I do

Jesus the Mexican boy
Gave me a ride on the back of his bike
Out to the fair though I welched on a $5 bet
Drunk on Calliope songs
We met a home-wrecking carnival girl
He's never asked for a favor or the money yet

Jesus the Mexican boy
Born in a truck on the 4th of July
I fell in love with his sister unrepentantly
Fearing he wouldn't approve
We made a lie that was feeble at best
Boarded a train bound for Vegas and married secretly

I never gave him nothing I remember
Maybe a broken bottle if I had two
Hanging behind his holy even temper
Hiding the more unholy things I do

Jesus the Mexican boy
Wearing a long desert trip on his tie
Lo and behold he was standing under the welcome sign
Naked the Judas in me
Fell by the tracks but he lifted me high
Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why




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"Jesus the Mexican Boy" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentI think this means that we are supposed to be completely selfless, as Jesus was, and that we don't always appreciate the gifts we are given.
    "Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why." After being betrayed "Naked the Judas in me." Sam Beam uses metaphor unlike anyone I've ever heard.
    southernanthemon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is more talking about an actual Mexican boy named Jesus and how he has the humility and kindness Jesus had. I don't think it has anything to do with Christianity.
    Deuson January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgarnetscar - I think there are a couple significant things... 1, I think memk is right... despite the obvious references to Jesus Christ, I think that Sam Beam is trying to separate this view of Jesus from mainstream, bubblegum Christianity. They would never approve of cards with naked ladies on the back, but I think Sam Beam wants us to rise above all of those silly rules and checklists and focus on the LOVE which is the point of this song. Jesus shows above all unending, unconditional LOVE. 2, It's totally something a couple of young boys who are best friends would do... give each other porno cards, lol. 3, it leads into, "I never knew I was given the best one of the deck," which I think is meant to show how even in the smallest little things that we might only barely remember, Jesus is giving us his best, his utmost, all his love.

    Also... I think the significance of Jesus being a Mexican Boy might have to do with him being an outsider, an alien, someone not quite belonging among us and yet belonging among us all the same... if that makes sense?
    amyclaeon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it's pretty obvious that he doesn't mean wholly jesus christ, but a literal mexican boy named jesus (a common hispanic name pronounced hey-zeus)...or do you think that he ran away to vegas with jesus christ's sister?
    okayyon July 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe broken bottles represent the way he goes through life thinking of himself first, and others second. he would only be willing to give if he first had enough for himself. i think this song can either be interpretted either as actually talking about his relationship with jesus and christianity or just his life in general. either way its a beautiful song.
    feverdreamon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this means that we are supposed to be completely selfless, as Jesus was, and that we don't always appreciate the gifts we are given.
    "Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why." After being betrayed "Naked the Judas in me." Sam Beam uses metaphor unlike anyone I've ever heard.
    southernanthemon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that the most beautiful thing about this piece of heaven is the way the lyrical story and the cantabile music style flow together. I feel the lyrics telling a story to be honest and do for others, but dont be miserable your self just to please other people. He went behind Jesus's back and married his sister, so he had to to be happy himself.
    mistakesaremadeon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazingly beautiful.

    This is what I think:
    He compares Jesus to being a Mexican boy. He is showing that Jesus was a human just like you and I in a much easier way to understand by making him seem only as equal as us.

    Throughout the song I think he talks about how he sins. Then he talks about how he never gives back to Jesus and yet Jesus is always there for him.

    "I never knew I was given the best one from the deck." He didn't realize how much he was getting.

    "I never game him nothing I remember/Maybe a broken bottle if I had two." He only gave to Jesus when he had enough for himself. (Throughout the song he shows that he thinks about himself over Jesus, yet Jesus is always thinking about him over himself with very little in return.)

    "Naked the Judas in me/Fell by the tracks but he lifted me high/Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why." He compares himself to Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. Judas was also a villain. However, Jesus still picks him up and kisses him like a brother.



    That's what I think this song means. It's amazingly beautiful.
    MikeIshigakion June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazingly beautiful.

    This is what I think:
    He compares Jesus to being a Mexican boy. He is showing that Jesus was a human just like you and I in a much easier way to understand by making him seem only as equal as us.

    Throughout the song I think he talks about how he sins. Then he talks about how he never gives back to Jesus and yet Jesus is always there for him.

    "I never knew I was given the best one from the deck." He didn't realize how much he was getting.

    "I never game him nothing I remember/Maybe a broken bottle if I had two." He only gave to Jesus when he had enough for himself. (Throughout the song he shows that he thinks about himself over Jesus, yet Jesus is always thinking about him over himself with very little in return.)

    "Naked the Judas in me/Fell by the tracks but he lifted me high/Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why." He compares himself to Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. Judas was also a villain. However, Jesus still picks him up and kisses him like a brother.



    That's what I think this song means. It's amazingly beautiful.
    MikeIshigakion June 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti have no idea what this song means but that doesnt change the fact the i love it
    ___sosoundon July 27, 2005   Link

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