"The Ruling Class" as written by and Glenn Kotche Jim O'rourke....
He resurfaced on the sidewalk on my block the other day
Yeah it's a fact, check it sorry charlie honey he's back from LA
So son you better turn it around, yeah Christ is on his way across town
He was gettin' tired of hangin' around
Yeah he's back jack, smokin' crack, find him if you wanna get found

he's having supper with the upper management of a new regime
He's in a new jacket, tax bracket, sandals and a dark pair of jeans
He's got deductions right on down the line
Dependent claims on all of my mankind
Have no fear he's right here drinking beer just trying to get down

he resurfaced on the sidewalk on my block the other day
Yeah it's a fact, check it--sorry charlie honey he's back from the grave
You better turn your frown upside down, yeah Christ is on his way across town
He was gettin' tired of hangin' around
Yeah he's back jack, shootin' smack, find him if you wanna get down
Yeah he's back jack, smokin' crack, find him if you wanna get found


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"The Ruling Class" as written by Jim O'rourke Jeff Tweedy

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    General Commentjesus comes back, sees how fucked the world is, and turns to drugs.

    simple!
    breadcrumbsyeahon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFav song on this album. Surprised it's here (Loose Fur). But been being surprised lately.
    kewoldenon April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis definitely has to do with his relationship with Jesus. I'm not quite sure what religion Jeff Tweedy is; this could reflect his feelings as a Christian and how Jesus was a badass mothafucka, or if he is Athiest (like I am) he could just sort of being joking around and not really trying to send a message. Either way, it's a damn good song.
    hey_chickenon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCheck out the entry for the film, The Ruling Class, on wikipedia. It's where the idea for the song comes form.
    "The Ruling Class is a 1972 film, an adaption of Peter Barnes' satirical stage play which tells the story of a paranoid schizophrenic British nobleman (played by Peter O'Toole) who inherits a peerage. ... at first he thinks he is God and shocks his family and friends with his talk of returning to the world to bring it love and charity..."
    milankson January 05, 2007   Link

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