"Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Rivertentum" as written by and Ellis Nicholas Edward Cave....
We were called to the forest
And we went down
A wind wind blew warm and eloquent

We were searching for the secrets of the universe
We rounded up demons and forced them
To tell us what it all meant

We tied them to trees
And broke them down, one by one
On a scrap of paper they wrote these words

(And as we read them, the sun broke
Through the trees)

Dread the passage of jesus, for he will not return
Then we headed back to our world
And left the forest behind
Our hearts singing with all the knowledge of love

But somewhere, somehow, we lost the message
Along the way
And when we got home, we bought ourselves a house

And we bought a car that we did not use
And we bought a cage,and two singing birds
And at night we'd sit and listen to the canary song

For we'd both run right out of words
Now the stars they are all angled wrong
And the sun and the moon refuse to burn

But I remember a message
In a demon's hand

Dread the passage of jesus, for he does not return
He does not return
He does not return


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"Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Riverentum" as written by Turner Ellis

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    My InterpretationWhen Cave says "dread the passage of Jesus for he does not return" I think he is referring to a loss of faith. When you stop believing, you can never really get it back, no matter how much you'd like to.
    Tmesison September 16, 2015   Link
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    General Commentthis song is divine. I wish some clever type would come on here and tell me what the hell it was all about though :-(
    russycarpson July 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is divine. I wish some clever type would come on here and tell me what the hell it was all about though :-(
    russycarpson July 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentand how to post on this website so my replies don't appear twice ;-)
    russycarpson July 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok so I thought about this a lot. Are we to think that because the message came from the mouth of a demon it is a lie? That in fact Jesus WILL return. The character in this song went back to his mundane life and forgot this message, until the end, when the stars are all angled wrong, and by then it is too late..
    russycarpson August 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I hear this song, I get the sense of two kids who succumb to addiction. They believe themselves to be finding the secrets of the universe at first, but gradually find that this is a very bleak and despairing world. "Dread the passage of Jesus" is a cry of supreme hopelessness, that there is to be no end to our suffering or forgiveness of our sins.

    At this, the sun breaks through the trees, indicating that maybe they've hit bottom and are now prepared to enter recovery. They lose the message, which is to say, they decide that there is hope after all. In their recovery, they're able to lead a functional, stable life.

    Nevertheless, they're left with severe depression. Believing that he will never fully conquer this, the narrator suddenly and vividly recalls his despair at the depth of his crisis and realizes that he still expects neither salvation nor redemption.
    mournfulgoaton August 11, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think that he could be making a statement about mistranslations and how the messages of the past and the bible can be lost. By "Dread the passage of Jesus, for he will not return." he could mean that we should not take the messages of the bible and Jesus too seriously otherwise we end up waiting for something that never comes and instead of finding our own paths, whilst we wait for this second coming that never comes we fill our void with shallow materialistic wealth "and we bought a car that we did not use..."
    VelmaFoxon December 06, 2009   Link

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