"It's Hard Not To Shake With A Gun In Your Mouth" as written by and Weyandt....
I am not a prophet or a teacher
I am a failure of God
Standing in a circle of my brothers
Their fangs out
Every thing I had I gave to you
Every time I tried I would lose
It's hard not to shake with a gun in your mouth
Every time I try I hear my mother's voice
And see my mother's eyes
But when hers close I'm scared so will mine
You are no brothers
Filing out the church of Cain
Like a thousand foot pious snake
Hiding its sins deep in its stomach
Digesting them one at a time
And your voice is a sounding trumpet
Announcing the mountains that you've moved
But love is the farthest thing from you

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    General Commenti can see where you would think that stick to your guns, but on zao's official site they have a story behind some of the songs and dan said that he wrote this song about how one time this kid came up to him and said that dan couldnt be christian based on the music that they wrote and played live, and he was basically judging him. some of the lyrics in this song are almost tounge in cheek about how some christians believe that zao cannot be a band of chirstians. awesome song though.
    NJsoldieron June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's essentially saying that he's not trying to be a teacher. It's not his job and that's not what he's here for. Dan isn't in Zao to preach. That's what this song says to me.
    epyon346on June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat NJ Soldier said, has been brought up before actually. On the DVD they talk about how members of the church told them that the split Zao and Training for Utopia recorded couldn't possibly be christian music.

    I actually don't like this song that much, but the lyrics are great as usual.
    kijimaon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI saw it as the critics of the split also saying that Christians couldn't make that kind of music.
    epyon346on June 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with most of the posters here. i think he's saying that he isn't trying to spread a particular message about Christianity, but rather sings about what he feels himself. many Christians look at music that sounds abrasive and immediately think it's devil music. i myself am a Christian, and a right-wing one at that, but i see no problem with Zao, as there is no wrong way to show your feelings about God and life. i fail to see the part of the Bible that says "Whosoever Maketh loud music, shall not be deemed a follower of Christ". maybe i just overlooked it, lol
    salsashark2004on July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe name of this song tells an alternative meaning also. Which I think, Dan mentioned on the free sample vids on the site.
    What I get out of it is, that it's also about people who deny their Christianity to some and to others they say that they're Christian. You know, show-off people who wanna be friends with everybody.
    Not real to themselves.
    Arthemesicon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of 'Lies of serpants, river of tears' . also, i thought i'd add that zao isnt completely christian. on their myspace they answer the question 'are you a christian band' well. if i'm right, dan's the only christian in the band at this point, since russ cogdell left. if i'm wrong, correct me though. thnx
    satan h8eron July 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, Dan is the only Christian. he thanks "the God of David" and "Yeshua" which is how Jesus is said in Hebrew. Martin thanks his "version of God" so that probably isn't Christian. Scott thanked God on Funeral but not on The Fear so he may be or may not be. of course, Dan writes most of the lyrics so his Christianity is enough to keep those themes in some of the songs. i prefer Zao back before the more secular move but they're a great band either way. oh, and from what i read, Russ got hurt and he's welcome to come back when he's ready but the band isn't expecting that he will. i got that from their MySpace awhile back so i dunno if it's still true or not
    salsashark2004on July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think we should stick to what this song means.

    On the zao website there is a video that explains what the lyrics mean. End of story.

    theacreon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti just thought about it and the end of this song reminds me of part of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. it says "and though i have all faith, so that i could remove mountains, and have no love, i am nothing". when he says "announcing the mountains that you've moved, but love is the farthest thing from you" it seems similar. don't know how that impacts the song, but i thought it was interesting
    salsashark2004on February 22, 2007   Link

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