"Irish Son" as written by Brian Mcfadden and Guy Chambers....
I was born in the heart of Dublin
Back when being gay wasn't cool
Made get on our knees every Sunday with the other fools

We were warped by the Christian Brothers
In the cell blocks at our schools
Get a hand print on your skin
Before you break their rules

Go hit me now
That I'm twice your size
Brushed off the accusations
And bowed before your lies

This is the city that raised me
With the religion they gave me
Now I'm old enough to know my own mind
And it was leaving that saved me
I seen so much that has changed me
Just break with your past
Feed your own mind
This Irish son has moved with the times

Weddings deaths or baptizing children
That's my debt paid to the church
I don't need that kind of salvation
When I get hurt

Don't fill my head with sermons
And force me to believe

This is the city that raised me
With the religion they gave me
Now I'm old enough to know my own mind
And it was leaving that saved me
I seen so much that has changed me
Just break with your past
Feed your own mind
'Cause this Irish son has moved with the times

Our father who art in heaven
Come down here and make your presence known
We can't do it on our own
The lunatics let run the asylum
How can we find peace inside your home
When you can't trust your own

This is the city that raised me
With the religion they gave me
Now I'm old enough to know my own mind
But it was leaving that saved me
I've seen so much that has changed me
So just break with your past
Feed your own mind
'Cause this Irish son has moved with the times
'Cause this Irish son has moved with the times


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"Irish Son" as written by Guy Chambers Brian Mcfadden

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    Song MeaningThe song is clearly about a young man's childhood in a Christian Brothers school where he suffered abuse.

    He talks about how he found the Catholic doctrines restrictive with lines like "a holy book full of rules" which he felt he was forced to believe, and sees followers as narrow minded ("get on our knees every Sunday, With the other fools"). He thinks of the school as a prison, comparing the classrooms to "cell blocks", and sees the priests as domineering ("We were warped by the Christian Brothers") and hypocritical, juxtaposing the "handprint on you skin" from a beating with the jewelled glove which represents the wealthy and well dressed priests.

    Now that he's older though, he is able to think for himself or "feed [his] own mind" and is encouraging others to do the same. It's not stated explicitly that he has actually given up on religion though, and the prayer that comes in at the end before the last chorus suggests that his faith has merely evolved. He still believes in God, but disapproves of Christian dogma and its ministries, asking God to remedy the situation.
    ChrisBChikinon March 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Go hit me now that I'm twice your size"

    Actually nearly makes me cry
    3lanceron February 21, 2008   Link

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