Jesus is just a Spanish boy's name.
How come one man got so much fame?
To enemy, it's pointless to anybody
That doesn't have faith
Give me the cloth and I'll wipe my face.

When it's all gone
Something carries on
And it's not morbid at all,
Just when natures had enough of you

When my blood stops,
Someone else's will not.
When my head rolls off,
Someone else's will turn.
And while I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to earth.

So you can burn me
Cause we'll all be the same, the same way.
Dirt in someone's eyes cried down the drain
I believe in a house in the clouds
And God's got his dead friends 'round
He's painted all the walls red
To remind them they're all dead

And you know when it's all gone, something carries on--
And it's not morbid at all--

Just when nature's had enough of you.
When my blood stops
Someone else's will not.
When my head rolls off
Someone else's will turn.
You can mark my words, I'll make tiny changes to earth

While I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to earth
Tiny changes to earth
Tiny changes to earth


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  • +3
    General CommentScott says, "It’s not about relationships – just dying and leaving something behind."

    Pop Cap asks, "Is it about atheism?"

    Scott says, "Yeah, but it doesn’t matter so much, you can still believe in that [God] - what matters most is what you do whilst you are alive rather than what you do when you are dead... nothing to be done then!"

    :]
    chickenflickeron June 16, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really see this as a rejection of religion (or at least Christianity), but an assertion that being an atheist doesn't mean you're amoral. He declares himself an unbeliever in the first verse "Jesus is just a Spanish boy's name / How come one man got so much fame? / To any me [I don't think it's "to enemy", that doesn't make much sense), it's pointless to anybody / That doesn't have faith / Give me the cloth and I'll wipe my face"

    Then later on he talks about the house in the clouds and God and all his dead friends - it sounds to me like he's ridiculing the whole notion of an afterlife! Even the line "So you can burn me" seems like a provocation, kind of like "OK, so I'm a heretic but what are you going to do? Burn me at the stake?"

    But the rest of the song is about how you shouldn't need religion, or a rulebook handed down by some supposedly perfect source to tell you how to act. We're all responsible for our own actions - we should understand that what we each do has an effect on everyone else and we should take ownership for our own actions, not justify them in the name of some mystical greater plan.
    sper12on February 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. I think the meaning is pretty straightforward-- Eventually we all die and turn into the same stuff, life will move on without us, but while we are here we can still do some good. It comes off to me as a sort of combination of optimism and agnosticism, and it works better than you'd expect.
    Akronaton May 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti thought 'so you can burn me' is about him being cremated,

    'Cause we'll all be the same, the same way,
    Dirt in someone's eyes cried down the drain'

    - we'll all be cremated, we'll all end up as ashes, the dirt that is cried down the drain is the ashes of a dead body, which is cried down the drain becuse of people close to him mourning his death.

    i'm probably wrong, it's just what i thought, anyone else see what im getting at? x
    kazamalooon February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's similar in nature to the idiom "from dust were ye made, and dust ye shall be". Simon and Garfunkel's Sparrow had that lyric, in the moving song.
    confickeron November 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Make tiny changes to Earth" seems to me to mean having children. Just something that came to mind from watching the video to this song
    superjuper27on June 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"and it's not mod at all"
    -> "and it's not morbid 't all"

    "dirt in someone's eyes flies down the drain"
    -> "dirt in someone's eye that's cried down the drain"

    "and god's got his best friends round"
    -> "and god's got his dead friends 'round"
    hypoxideon April 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you can hear what you want but I think the lines, "I believe in a house in the clouds, and God's got his dead friends round" go against the concept of agnosticism. But that's not even the true focus of the song...

    The idea and the hope is that while we are here, while we're alive, we can have a positive effect on the earth and on the whole of existence.
    gparklaon June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the best songs of 2008 and it's only got 4 comments? depressing
    mrcleanon August 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFive now! Just heard about this band for the first time about an hour ago and I've been trawling myspace and youtube. This is just a superb song. Didn't really catch the meaning on first listen but very obvious now. Video would melt the hardest heart.
    shuffleron September 22, 2008   Link

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