"Paper Jesus" as written by and Aaron/mushok Lewis....
You take this all for granted
All the things they choose to feed you
By keeping you distracted
Just long enough to bleed you, dry

A reason for your anger
It's what I need
It's what I need
To recognize the truth
It's what I need
It's what I need
So burn your paper Jesus
It's what I need
It's what I need
And own the things you do
It's what I need
It's what I need

Question what they sell you
All the lies that they are teaching
And they've made a corporation
Out of desperate people's feelings, of fear

A reason for your anger
It's what I need
It's what I need
To recognize the truth
It's what I need
It's what I need
So burn your paper Jesus
It's what I need
It's what I need
And own the things you do
It's what I need
It's what I need

Somebody chose these words for you
Interpretations of the truth
Somewhere behind your fear they hide
To fill the holes inside

A reason for your anger
It's what I need
It's what I need
To recognize the truth
It's what I need
It's what I need
So burn your paper Jesus
It's what I need
It's what I need
And own the things you do
It's what I need
It's what I need


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"Paper Jesus" as written by John April Aaron Lewis

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  • +1
    General CommentWell I think its stupid that people thought it was offensive. Anyways, as I said on the last set of lyrics, this song has nothing to do with Jesus or religion. The term "Paper Jesus" is metaphor to money. The song is about people desperately wanting money and power. By the way these lyrics are wrong:

    You take this all for granted
    All the things they choose to feed you
    By keeping you distracted
    Just long enough to bleed you... dry

    Chorus
    A reason for your anger,
    Its what I need, Its what I need
    To recognize the truth,
    Its what I need, Its what I need
    So burn your Paper Jesus,
    Its what I need, Its what I need
    And own the things you do,
    Its what I need, Its what I need

    Question what they sell you
    All the lies that they are teaching
    Can they pay the corporations
    All the desperate people stealing... fear

    Chorus

    Somebody chose theese words for you
    Interpretations of the truth
    Somewhere behind your fear they hide
    To fill the holes inside

    Chorus


    Those are the correct lyrics
    dmk89on September 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about how people have substituted materialism (and money, and free thinking) for religion. Western citizens did voluntarily what the communist governments did at the point of a gun.
    driven01on January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat Happened to these lyrics. One day i look and they're there. The next they're not.
    dmk89on July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome people complained it was offensive to christians and was deleted - that's right wing fundamentalist religious extremism for you. GW's america. Scary.
    collegeguy666on August 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you listen to the 2nd verse...it says it all. I believe this song is about how people are actually beginning to question what religions are saying to them. Also, many religions have always asked for donations from the "desperate people's feelings" in order to prosper above the other religions around the world. And then if you think about it, you begin to realize that all of these people's insecurities have been "healed" by stories written in a book that millions believe in, when actually these very same people put up with the very same bullsh*t that everyone endures in everyday life-no one lives without stress. And furthermore...what has caused the most wars in the world's history...(give up?)...religion!!! CASE CLOSED!!!!
    APCObsessionon August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i never thought bout it as money but that makes sense, but i also only knew the lyrics to the chorous, i always thought it was about maruijana and other drugs nd how ppl feel like the drugs are there saviors
    pjam10on January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song i believe that Aaron is speaking out against "organized" religion, not just religion, he believes that he does not have to go to church every sunday or even at all, and that he can worship god in his own way.

    My Interpretation of the lyrics:

    You take this all for granted
    All the things they choose to feed you.
    By keeping you distracted
    Just long enough to bleed you... dry.

    (you accept without question, whatever
    the church preaches to you. the church
    distracts you by making you feel like
    you are a bad person so you give them
    money so you think your a better person)

    A reason for your anger
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    To recognize the truth
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    So burn your paper Jesus
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    And own the things you do
    It's what I need
    It's what I need

    -I am not satisfied with what i think
    about the chorus so I will have to
    think about it some more-

    (He needs all these things obviously,
    so he wants a reason why people are mad,
    at others about their belifes, maybe.
    He needs to recognize the truth about
    religion. burn your paper jesus is
    a reference to money. *thats the one thing
    i am sure of in the chorus*)

    Question what they sell you
    All the lies that they are teaching
    And they've made a corporation
    Out of desperate people's feelings... of fear.

    (you should question what the
    church is trying to tell you as they
    lie alot, and they have made a corporation,
    *any group of persons united or
    regarded as united in one body*,
    out of people fearing life after death, or
    hell even.)

    A reason for your anger
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    To recognize the truth
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    So burn your paper Jesus
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    And own the things you do
    It's what I need
    It's what I need

    Somebody chose these words for you,
    Interpretations of the truth.
    Somewhere behind your fear they hide
    To fill the holes inside.

    (someone chose what you are saying,
    maybe pushing religion on others.
    the bible has been interpretated alot
    so who knows what really happend, this
    is just what they think is the truth.
    they hide behind your fear, again
    with the fear of life after
    death, some people feel an emptiness
    inside without religion.)

    A reason for your anger
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    To recognize the truth
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    So burn your paper Jesus
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    And own the things you do
    It's what I need
    It's what I need
    paintball31390on September 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way dmk89 your lyrics are wrong... but mine above are right, im sure of it... i even checked the book of lyrics from Chapter V even though i didn't have to.
    paintball31390on November 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAPCObsession. Was the II world war religious war? I don't think so. Maybe Vietnam war or American Civil War? So I don't understand what's your problem. If someone whants to make war, he will do that for any stupid reason. And about the song- I hope it's not antireligious.People around the world have a lot other problems than considering if priest lies or not. If faith gives them hope is it bad?
    Wegilon January 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, in this song, "Paper Jesus" can refer to ANYTHING that you look at as a "savior," or as something great, and it's really not. Money, another person, anything like that.

    But that's just my two cents. Either way, it's a great song.
    SaraMoshGirlon September 10, 2008   Link

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