Was born and raised in the South
In Suicide Town
I was only fifteen
When it burned to the ground
I tore up all my memories
By the side of the road
With a tip of a needle
I carved my story in stone

When you gonna come for me, Lord?
When you gonna come for me?
Cause I've been expecting you forever
Waiting here for you
Will you send a little grace?
It's the least that you could do
It's the least that you could do

I was not much of a poet
Guess I was missing the anguish
Not a very good lover
Could never capture the language
I was an adequate painter
But it just left me tired
Did a stint as a hit man
In those days at least I was inspired

Oh, but when you gonna come for me, Lord?
When you gonna come for me?
Cause I've been expecting you forever
Waiting here for you
Will you send a little grace?
It's the least that you could do
It's the least that you could do

I hooked up a hick down in the church
I took a walk down Big Dream Boulevard
With all the sand that gets into this world
We should all be motherfucking pearls

When you gonna come for me, Lord?
When you gonna come for me?
Cause I've been expecting you forever
Waiting here for you
Will you send a little grace?
It's the least that you could do
It's the least that you could do

I'm never gonna be one of God's favorites
Never gonna cheerlead with the angels
Tried to find a church that I could walk in
They tried to nail me on original sin

Oh, when you gonna come for me, Lord?
When you gonna come for me?
I've been expecting you forever
Waiting here for you
Will you send a little grace?
It's the least that you could do

Been expecting you forever
Waiting here for you
Will you send a little grace?
It's the least that you could do
It's the least that you could do
The least that you could do


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    General CommentThis is a really interesting song - it's upbeat, and yet it addresses some pretty weighty issues. From what I gather, it seems to be about the singer's questions about faith and religion. The chorus is clearly a direct question to God as to where He is when the singer has been looking for Him for so long.

    She expresses her dissatisfaction with organized religion, saying that even when she tried to use religion as a way to get to God, they tried to make her feel bad about herself ("they tried to nail me on Original Sin"). This is clearly an implication of Christianity, suggesting that those who seek answers may be turned off by the suggestion that they are inherently bad.

    Still, this song has what I consider to be one of Antje's funniest lines:

    "With all the sand that gets inside this world //
    We should all be motherfucking pearls"

    Here she refers laughingly to all the knocks and hard times that everyone faces as part of their life, and likens it to the process of an oyster making a pearl. Oysters produce pearls because an irritant (sand) enters into their shell and, over time, builds up layers which can (under the right conditions) become a pearl. Antje, then, suggests that there is so much bad stuff that happens in our world, that the world should be absolutely full of pearls. It's a wry take on the issue of there being Evil in the world, and whether there is too much evil for a reasonable person to believe in God.

    What a great song for a freethinker!
    MatCon November 28, 2007   Link

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