Well, I never really understood religions,
Except it seems a good reason to kill.
Everybody's got their own conceptions,
And you know, they always will.
These days are needles under my skin.
Jesus shootin' heroin.

If there are priests at your party,
And you're playing cards that are numbered,
And you got no reason to think it,
Until your chances are uncovered.
Tell me that I got to believe in,
Jesus shootin' heroin.

The police in New York city,
Chased a boy, right through the park.
In a case of mistaken identities,
They put a bullet through his heart.

I met Mary, on the corner with the streetlights.
She asked me if I'd come up to her room.
I told her that I didn't have no money.
She said she had to leave pretty soon.
I decided that I would go in.
Jesus shootin' heroin.



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"Jesus Shootin' Heroin" as written by Flaming Lips,

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    General Comment:i think this song is a play off of the christian idea of freedom and feeling good. christians in america present their religion as a way of being free and feeling good (much like heroin), but like heroin, u only appear to be free, ur really an addicted zombie and the substance controls ur life. u feel the need, much like ppl speak of contemporary christianity. so i agree, its a play off of "religion is the opiate of the masses." much like drugs, religions transform ur reality, and they make u weaker.
    jursparkson February 07, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:one of my favorite songs from the 80's...
    fatkid1041on July 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song.

    I think it's about how and why the narrator doesn't believe in religion and how he thinks even Jesus would be shooting up in this world. Incredibly pessimistic, but so good.
    Cynothoglyson August 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:an awesome song by an awesome band.

    I agree with Cynothoglys, I think this song is saying some aspects of this world are bad enough to affect even the J man.
    Hodg3yon January 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:"even" jesus? i would say *especially* jesus, if he is as compassionate as reputed
    foreverdroneon September 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Jesus Shooting Heroin is odviously irony cause hes not supposed to be a sinner and hes doing drugs so all those
    storys he say are like Jesus Shooting Heroin, or otherwords kind of inronic.
    ramandaon December 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:i can see where Cynothoglys is coming from with that, but i see it differently.
    having studied wayne's lyrics quite a bit (and under various influences ;) ) i think that the song title and the line "jesus shooting heroin" is just a play on the famous quote "religion is the opiate of the masses".

    the first verses he states right away that he is impartial to religion and doesnt know much about it cept for war and such. i think all the messed up stuff that follows in the lyrics are all "eased" because of religion. ie...this shits really messed up here, better go to church and it will be ok...wont it?
    mr.von February 09, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I always thought it was inspired by that Christian Death album cover with a picture of Jesus on the cross and a needle in his arm...
    adsickson January 30, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:I always thought it was inspired by that Christian Death album cover with a picture of Jesus on the cross and a needle in his arm...
    adsickson January 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:these days are needles under my skin - i'm going to assume the hero of this track isn't feeling so hot as of late
    tell me i got to believe in jesus shooting heroin - i think the dude is saying he needs a bad role model to justify/rationalize his current lifestyle choices.. perhaps he's not too pleased with himself

    ahhh and then there's the whole Mary section. thats just fucking brilliant. sweet virgin mary.. the lovely whore who our hero cant resist.. and again with that perfect excuse.. what would his jesus do?
    aliceinwonderland6on March 25, 2010   Link

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