i will sing a song to you and
you will shake the ground for me
and the birds and bees and old fruit trees will
spit out songs like gushing streams
then jesus will come through the ground so dirty
with worms in his hair and a hand so sturdy
to call us his magic we call him worthy
jesus came up through the ground so dirty

i will sing a song to you and
you will stomp your feet for me
and the bears and bees and the nana trees will
play cazoos and tamborines
and jesus will dance while we drink his wine
with soldiers and thieves and a sword in his side
and we will be joy or we will be right
jesus will dance while we drink his wine

la la-la la la-la-la-la(repeatedly)

jesus will come through the ground so dirty
with worms in his hair and a hand so sturdy
and call us his magic we call him worthy
jesus came up through the ground so dirty
jesus came up through the ground so dirty
jesus came up through the ground so dirty
jesus came up through the ground so dirty
jesus came up through the ground so dirty



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    General Commenti beg to differ, guys. page france is mos def a christian band. they're not listed as a christian band anywhere, but they're definitely a spiritual band of very religious fellows (and whitney). this song is about Jeuss being resurrected. they don't litterally mean Jesus came up through the ground, that's just to mean he was brought back from the dead. we all know Jesus was burried in a tomb not in the ground, but in modern context he would've been burried in the ground. i guess that's what they're trying to say.

    and also--littleunicornboy, where did you gather that they are getting drunk? drinking wine doesn't mean you're getting drunk. (remember, communion includes wine.) and dancing isn't a sin. that'd be ridiculous. dancing is beautiful, especially when with Jesus.

    the end. =]
    adamantseve2on September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh and personally I can't help but take the lyrics as somewhat sarcastic and patronizing for the effect of satire. The lyrics seem purposefully over simplified with such a light and whimsical approach that it seems to be poking fun at such beliefs and not paying homage to them.

    "With worms in his hair and a hand so sturdy" is not a fitting tribute to divine resurection.

    But hey I'm an atheist.
    southcrosslandon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentObviously about Jesus, not necessarily about Christianity, but definitely about Jesus and seemingly in a good light.

    "Jesus will come through the ground so dirty with worms in his hair and a hand so sturdy"
    This seems like a more literal reference to Jesus's resurrection. Coming back from being buried (dirt, worms) instead of the traditional thought of him buried in a tomb and disappearing from said tomb.

    "and jesus will dance while we drink his wine, with soldiers and thieves and a sword in his side"

    Jesus gave his blood and body, wine represent his blood, bread his body. Jesus was know to drink wine. Most Christians drink it every Sunday.
    "With soldiers and thieves" probably referring to the fact that Jesus accepted all kinds, from beggars to prostitutes, soldiers to thieves.
    Or this could refer to his crucifixion, where he was crucified on the cross by roman soldiers along with two thieves. After he was on the crucified, they stabbed his side with a spear (sword in his side) to finish him off.

    I also feel "jesus came up through the ground so dirty" could be trying to make make him more human, just as dirty and capable of sin as we are. Or that he died for our sins and accepted them onto himself, thus making him "dirty."

    They are NOT a christian band, as the quotes have said before, They do not claim to be a christian band, they're not creed. The singer was raised in the christian faith, wrote all the songs in the same week (which is explains the recurring theme in the album), and said himself that it just naturally comes out in writing. But listening to the rest of the album the view towards faith and Jesus seem to be positive. You don't have to be a Christian to believe in Jesus or to sing about him.
    begskion December 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif i wasnt a believer, this would make me believe.
    slinkstersarson May 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually, this song means the exact opposite. he sings all these pretty things in the saddest voice, which kind of gives it a feeling of lost hopes and things he only wishes he really believed.


    great song regardless.
    i believe in uson August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's what lyricist Michael Nau says about being called a christian band:

    "The 'Christian band' inquiry wears me out, to be honest. As for the Christian symbols in my writing - sometimes I don’t even realise that they exist until someone points them out to me. There’s really no reason; it just rolled out that way."
    southcrosslandon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere was a Detroit radio station appearance where Nau says that he was raised as a christian and that it flavors the imagery in his work. He doesnt consider Page France to be a christian band or his songs to be "religious" in nature.

    That said, I think this song totally revolves around the biblical Jesus.
    Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast...use that as context for the "wine".

    Jesus had experience with thieves in the bible, but it was during his trip to the temple in Jerusalem that he was angered by the money changers....causing him to say "You are turning my Father's house into a den of thieves". Use that as context for the thieves.

    Roman Soldiers - you know that story!.....(on the cross, he actually got a spear in his side). Use that as context for the "soldier and the sword in his side".

    Now picture Jesus, after resurrection (or his trip to hell) coming up through the ground. Upon his return he throws a celebration that everyone (including his enemies) is invited to. I think this song "personifies" Jesus....in a whimsical way.

    Great song.
    Bellyfull of Swanson September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me that he is referring to his perspective of the future Judgement Day...

    Much of Christian theology about J.D. in the more recent past talks about Jesus "coming down out of the heavens" to gather his "flock" and take them up with him into heaven. It tends to emphasize the "divine" nature of Christ...and how this world has little to do with heaven.

    More recently, though, there has been a shift in thinking that focuses more on the incarnation of Christ. Heaven will be brought to this earth...the earth will be renewed...all of creation will join in praise...a very earthy, incarnational understanding of heaven.

    As I said earlier, looking at it from this "incarnational" perspective...seems to me this is what Page France had in mind:
    1. Both "the birds and bees and old fruit trees" and "the bears and bees and the nana trees" lyrics refer to all of creation singing praises to Jesus
    2. My guess is that most people, when they think of Jesus' return, they think about him coming from the sky. P.F. flips this kind of thinking on its head by saying he will come "up through the ground, so dirty."
    3. "Jesus will dance while we drink his wine" - reference to the celebration of heaven.
    4. "we will be joy AND we will be right" - Whoever posted the lyrics on this page got them wrong. Anyway, this is another reference what it will be like in heaven.
    5. heck, even the first line of the song has a biblical meaning - "I will sing a song for you" is a reference to those in heaven (and the rest of creation) always singing praises to the Lord.


    My apologies for the length...

    This is just my perspective, though....hope it helps...
    rtb3on December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is Christian song at all. Not all songs about Jesus and God are Christian. Look at Josh Turner, he's not a Christian artist but he has a song called Me and God. This song is making fun of Jesus and religious people because their calling Jesus a zombie with magical powers. I feel guilty about listening to this song because I am a Christian and calling Jesus a zombie and he's wormy if a bit of a put off.
    glorfindel34on September 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjesus christ, they're both conjunctions, rtb3, get over it, man.
    twee!on September 22, 2007   Link

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