It could be your southern drawl
Or how you limp when you walk
That makes me wanna say
All those things I never could
Schoolboy crush carved into wood
That fades in the rain

You were born in a baptist house
With a rusty spoon inside your mouth
The taste to go away
And when the sun comes peeking out
You work until it goes back down
The days are all the same
A baby boy strapped to your hip
And a tiny cut above your lip
That states, god doesn't save

Everyone who buys his book
Some of us get overlooked
In a way it's a shame
But you still walk in his light
And say the same words every night:
I pray the lord my soul to keep
What about the rest of me?

My faith can't take the weight

Summers came and left for fall
Ten thankless years of working hard
The school bell rings the kids come home
but you still feel like you're alone
'cause your husband holds his whiskey glass
tighter than our hero's past
Rip those black beads off your throat
And swap them out for a knotted rope
The end is your only friend

Ears are full of rushing blood
You say the things you never could
Pray the lord that you will see
That my eyes bulge out and my body swing
'Cause now I finally understand
Jesus is like every man
He tells you what you want to hear
Until you fall in love
then he disappears

My faith couldn't take the Weight

When the weight of the world
Falls square on your shoulders
A pin prick or miscall can somehow destroy you
We all are victims with warped expectations
When people can't save us we suddenly hate them
So much, in fact, that we lose our grasp
on reality and responsibility
that we have to ourselves and everybody else

When the weight of the world
falls square on your shoulders
a pin prick or miscall can somehow destroy you
We all are victims with warped expectations
When people can't save us we suddenly hate them



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    General CommentAmazing!
    pretty obvious what the song is about.
    aaron_grahamon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a Southern farm girl whos religious but can't understand why she should have to deal with an alcoholic and possibly abusive husband, and is (in the immortal words of Woody Allen) terminally infested with children. When she can no longer take the fact that Jesus will not save her, or at least not in the manner she is expecting, the weight of the world overcomes her faith and she ends up hanging herself. Grusome for such a sunny sounding song. Kinda reminds me of Beulah.
    Ntpmcrtpon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the beulah reference, I can see it.
    Definitely an abusive marriage for this girl, she's obviously lost faith in humanity and religion and can't go on any longer.. The lines following "Jesus is like every man.." gave me chills, but it paints a perfect image of what was going through her head.
    *the clapping adds to the catchiness*
    forgetmynameon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree, i think the song is about, this girl losing her faith, she tries to go through the motions for a while,
    "But you still walk in his light
    And say the same words every night:
    I pray the lord my soul to keep
    What about the rest of me? "
    after trying to live her religion and getting no results he last hope or her faith is crushed and she hangs her self
    Duluth_13on June 23, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretationalthough on the surface this song seems to be about a depressed, abused, suicidal christian woman the meaning is what seems most important here. the symbolism and underlying feelings are far beyond the face value. it all comes to how it makes you feel when you hear it, the story is merely a tool of expression and shouldnt be considered the true meaning.

    perhaps what marc was portraying that inside a human being (in this case the girl) looks at themselves as weak and emotionally empty and represssed. our social status of being poor or disrespected causes a lack of value in ourselves we so desperately try to fight and prove wrong. wiether we think we are trying to find value in god or others we are desperately lacking value in ourselves.

    as the song goes on he emphasizes her strong morals in religion and salvation yet her life illustrates in return they get her nowhere. this is the internal struggle a person can find themselves in when so eagerly dedicated to an idea. he is showing just because you believe in something strongly (marriage, religon, etc) doesnt mean you are saved. if anything, youre ignoring obvious signs your beliefs are wrong. yet, when reality sinks in and youve lost all comfort and hope youve ever had in your life, all your left is with a broken heart.

    reality, is in a sense, heavy. he mentions the wieght of her own body breaking her neck in the end which means she not only physically killed her self but that her problems were the real wieght that killed her. its when this metaphorical weight catches up and literally crushes your spirit or even your will to live. yet the saddest most touching part is that when she finally leaves her life and feels the salvation she was so desperately looking for while alive only in death. it is only then the wieght of the world, finally leaves her.

    we have a lot to learn from this story. he writes "we all are victims with warped expectations, people cant save us we suddenly hate them so much, in fact that we lose our grasp on reality and responsibility that we have to ourselves and everybody else" perhaps her beliefs trapped her into being a victim to a viscous cycle that no one could save her from. we all as people can have this tendency and that we should chose not to be helpless, become victim, become abused, or become even selfish because of it. no matter your upbringing or background, the fulfillment and happiness in our lives is entirely up to us.
    chrissy519on March 06, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's a beautiful, poignant song. He's observing how religious has failed his childhood crush. She "still walks in his light" and says "the same words every night." And in return her husband drinks too much and beats her, and leaves her as the sole caretaker for their kids. She feels overwhelmed, forsaken by the Lord and suicidal. Faith is all she has to cling to, and even in a such a disappointing manifestation, it is at least something. A ritual she can go through to calm herself and feel less alone. It tells she's just being tried and it will all work out and make sense someday. Or will it? How many years and years will she pray for a better life but come home to a drunken lout who beats her?
    scott10154on May 22, 2017   Link

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