"imitation of christ" as written by Richard/butler Butler and Roger Nicholas/kilburn Morris....
Another Christ is on the cross
The nails are words
The nails are lies
To make it crawl
And make it scream
And make it real
And make it bleed
And make it bleed
And make it bleed
And make it dream
Imitation of Christ
Imitation of Christ
This you who lie and scream
You fall to dust
You fall to dust
In walls of words
Your words are blind
You speak and you are dumb and blind
The word that is your god
Is you who fall so low and fall so far
Imitation of Christ
Imitation of Christ
Fly to the moon dear
Sew it on a stool
Tie on the carpet all the cowboys fall
See the cowboys fat and reeling
Dancing underneath the ceiling
Leave the bar the theatre's closing
Make a wall of your religion
Imitation of Christ
Imitation of Christ
Mary mary
Mother mother
You and me and
God the father
Jesus is a woman too
He looks like all of me and you
Your money talks and
All your friends
Will laugh at her pathetic tits
Imitation of Christ
Imitation of Christ
Imitation of Christ

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"Imitation of Christ" as written by John Ashton Duncan Kilburn

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    My InterpretationThe song is obviously named after the Warhol film, but oddly, it doesn't have much to do with the movie, and has a lot more to do with the 15th century Dutch modern-devotion-Catholic spiritual guide that gave Warhol the name.

    I have no idea if this is intentional or not, but the song criticizes 20th century Christianity pretty much the same way Kempis and friends criticized 15th century Christianity. The traditional idea of "imitation of Christ", going back to at least St. Francis of Assisi, is that the most important thing for a good Christian to do is to live as much like Jesus as possible, to serve as an example to others. But, according to both Kempis and Butler, these outward Christlike signs are just a meaningless show, and ultimately drag Christ down to our level instead of raising ourselves to his.

    Of course for the Devotio Moderna, the remedy was to withdraw from society and become totally anonymous, contemplating the eucharist and the crucifixion internally, while for the Psychedelic Furs, there's no remedy; your god is you, and he's as fallen and ridiculous as you, and what else should you expect?
    falcotronon November 11, 2014   Link

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