"Salvation" as written by and Clarence Greenwood....
Say Judas came up to D.C.
He'd been down in Georgia for a while
He drove a 944
He bought with the soul
Of a blonde-headed kid
With a left-handed guitar
Now he's lookin' for me
Citizen see-O-P-E
Sign the dotted line please
For the fake 50's
Now Judas answer me
"Since I was the age to speak
Haven't you been listening?"
Salvation

[Chorus]
Salvation
Salvation
Salvation
I'm calling
Salvation

Well he came to town
Found the woman that I love
And he fucked her down
She told him where I live
Off of 9th in the alleyway
Where they say
They got the coke and the dope
Until you end up broken
"You should have let the smack get you" he said
"But now you've got to deal with me instead
I'm downstairs on the Motorola
You know I've got 3 golden bullets
And I'm shooting for your soul"
Salvation

[Chorus]

Well I came down with my Martin blazin'
My voice
It was cutting him up
Now he's aiming
His first shot grazed my eye
I lost half of my sight
And my firstborn's life
The second shot grazed off my guitar moon
And it made my guitar kinda play out of tune
But I just kept playing
Like I had nothing to lose
He turned the third on himself
'Cause the bastard knew
Salvation I'm calling
Salvation

[Chorus]

Put the gun down
Put the gun down
Put the gun down
Put the gun down

Put the gun down
Put the gun down
Put the gun down
Put the gun down


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"Salvation" as written by Clarence Greenwood

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    General Commentjust throwing this up there, in case anyone didn't know, Judas is a reference to the man who betrayed the man known as jesus christ, and handed him over to pontious pilate, who had him crucified, after the crowd asked him to do it. It could be a reference to him being betrayed by a friend, possibly drug related?
    rockndrollmasteron July 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationJudas is an allusion to the devil being the closest human to the devil. so it only makes since to use him in the devils place. and cope's saying that no matter what he will never sell out and give up. he has his salvation in the form of his music in a literal and figurative since. afterall it was his guitar he pulled out and started playing when judas was shooting at him
    lsmi151on April 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat comments. You can definitely see Cope's attitude towards the music industry in this. Definitely think "he'd been down in georgia for a while" is coming from the song the devil went down to georgia, dactownwigga mentioned that already. Basically a label executive is portrayed as the devil/judas driving a porsche "944" he bought with the "soul of the blonde headed kid with a left handed guitar." I think this is a clear reference to Kurt Cobain, bedxtoxsquaresx mentioned this as well. "sign the dotted line" is again a glimpse into how Cope feels about getting involved with record labels and his perception of them. The rest of the song I think still references Cobain's death and how he "let the smack" get to him which ended up killing him but Cope didn't "let the smack get to" him so now he has to deal with the record label. I think here he might be saying the drug addiction of music artists is coming from having to deal with record labels.
    The rest of the song deals with two different things. One describes the consequences of dealing with record labels: the record label persona found Cope's girl and "fucked her down," later he shooting for Cope's soul with 3 golden bullets which I think goes back to the Cobain reference earlier. And getting shot in the eye and losing the first born are examples of things that you can lose, eye sight and maybe having kids or something like that. The second theme that he writes about is doing what you love since at the end he kept playing his guitar out of tune and he basically stuck it out since he loved doing music.
    But the most confusing thing is why this song is about salvation. Maybe its the doing what you love that is the salvation but I still haven't figured that or the put the gun down parts out, and I feel like they're the most important.
    falnsouron September 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is pretty self explanatory, I think it means to never quit doing what you love to do just because times get rough
    spikey1000on October 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"He drove a 944, He bought with the soul, Of a blonde-headed kid, With a left-handed guitar' I'm pretty sure that line is talking about kurt cobain.
    bendxtoxsquaresxon December 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere's something about this song. Thanks to bendxtoxsquaresx for clarifying the mentioned line. Did he really lose the life of his first born, as mentioned in the third verse?
    misterpayneon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfrom the lyrics, i feel like this song is about a battle with drugs, and the way that you can lose yourself (your soul) to the drugs. and i think that music was what helped him stay sane.
    marsbar206on May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite citizen cope song. it's really relaxing and it makes you think.
    itsBRIANyoon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite citizen cope song. it's really relaxing and it makes you think.
    itsBRIANyoon March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI lost half of my sight
    And my firstborn's life

    ...i think it's more in reference to what could have been, the life he would have lived with the woman that he loves (half of his sight) and his future son, if Judas hadn't killed her (/him)
    wimplucyon May 09, 2008   Link

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