I tried to run across the water and I sank into the deep
Listlessly beneath the sea, within it’s murky keep
I want to keep my dinner down but I threw it up today
See how agonizingly propelled without delay?

I can’t breathe and I don’t want to anymore

The Jesus lizard tried to love but it’s heart was made of lead
He could not move the way love does so he faked it all instead
The Jesus lizard wants to be the center of your ray of light
But any light he has yet to see, no light is in his sight
I tried to pull the nails from you
Out of your hands and feet
And when I tried I made you die and yet you came back for me
If I drag myself throughout this world
If I throw up everyday
Will you still see that I’m still here?
I’m waiting in all of my ways

"I am God" the lizard said
Alpha, omega end with me
The sun was hot upon his head
So he tried to run across the sea



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    General Comment(This is what I remember Josh posting on their site)

    The basilisk is commonly referred to as the Jesus lizard because it will randomly sprint across water. So the poem is about how the Jesus lizard tries to be like Jesus but fails...much like we do.

    I haven't heard all of the new album yet, but what I have heard is amazing. And so is this track.
    matthiasnotjudason August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReptiles in this album clearly represent humanity, so the Jesus lizard is a human attempting the role of Jesus. I believe it's also more referring to Josh admitting that he, and many others, have had to be their own Jesus, or produce their own salvation, observe:

    I tried to run across the water and I sank into the deep (I belive "running across the water" is a triple entendre, firstly referring to the Basilisk, or "The Jesus Lizard" which can run short distances across water, which then refers to Jesus walking on the water, and thirdly I see it as a metaphor for attempting to achieve salvation on one's own.)
    Listlessly beneath the sea, within it’s murky keep
    (Lost in sin, perhaps? Or worse, lost in pride and delusion.)
    I want to keep my dinner down but I threw it up today (Bulemia: a common theme in this album along with bugs and reptiles. I see it as binging on sin, or life, and then vomiting it out, rejecting it and proclaiming how disgusting it is, only to ingest it yet again later.
    See how agonizingly propelled without delay?

    I can’t breathe and I don’t want to anymore

    The Jesus lizard tried to love but it’s heart was made of lead (Josh's earlier attempts a love were futile without Christ.)
    He could not move the way love does so he faked it all instead (Any Christian is familiar with "going through the motions")
    The Jesus lizard wants to be the center of your ray of light (Pride and sense of not needing Christ becomes and idol)
    But any light he has yet to see, no light is in his sight
    I tried to pull the nails from you
    Out of your hands and feet
    And when I tried I made you die and yet you came back for me (Betraying Christ in the worst way, attempting to get along without him after this sacrifice.)
    If I drag myself throughout this world
    If I throw up everyday
    Will you still see that I’m still here?
    I’m waiting in all of my ways

    "I am God" the lizard said
    Alpha, omega end with me
    The sun was hot upon his head
    So he tried to run across the sea
    ominousoaton August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentintriguing theory ominousoat....i like it
    asweat08on October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think when it talks about shedding our skin i think it means that we have our old body and when we become a christian we lose what we were and become a new creation "if any man is in christ he is a new creation"
    maffybeyloon October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about Satan. Not us.

    "The Jesus lizard wants to be the center of your ray of light
    But any light he has yet to see, no light is in his sight"

    Satan (Jesus Lizard) wants us to focus on him or rather what is not of God, but he can fail, because he himself knows not of the light (God) so he can't pretend perfectly.

    That's how I've interpreted it.
    MrNosiron August 01, 2010   Link

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