Hill up the road, gathering thoughts never adding the way I want them
Sweet Jesus show me through the Indian paintbrush
Faith was

Cursed upon me, a mustard seed was good enough for him and good enough to me

Or after all, will I shake my magic 8 ball, it's bubbling
And the brisk walking heartbeat won't tire me, it keeps me strong
Faith was

Cursed upon me, a mustard seed was good enough for him and its good enough to me
Pillar of salt, shaker of black
Killer of thought, turning my back
Believe you were wrong and said they would laugh and I'm trying to be humble about it

I like the rain, I like going against the grain
Seems to me I'm cutting out a simple pattern

---she was weak---

Hill up the road, watching my thoughts chase each other
Sweet Jesus show me the faith cursed upon me

--she walked away--


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Mustard Seed song meanings
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    General CommentI can't believe there are so few comments on Kidneythieves!

    First of all, Indian Paintbrush refers to an American flower... not sure if there's a deeper meaning.

    "Mustard seed" is based on a story from the bible: "[Jesus] replied, 'Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.' "

    From Wikipedia, "Lot's wife is a character in the Book of Genesis who was turned into a pillar of salt for failing to heed the orders of the angels of deliverance while fleeing from the city of Sodom."

    As to the actual meaning of the song...

    Pillar of salt, shaker of black
    Killer of thought, turning my back

    I feel like the narrator was brought up religiously and has faith in Christianity. However, she doesn't want to be restrained by religion and regrets her faith... her friend is the pillar of salt turning the narrator's back, and the narrator is tempted, but concludes that her friend was the weak one... the one that walked away.

    I was surprised to see a religious-y song come from Kidneythieves, and even though I'm about as atheist as possible this quickly became one of my all-time favorite songs.

    DAMtastychickenon March 07, 2011   Link

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