I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show
Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when you're singing 'em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you're praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There's blood on your hands
You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don't fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There's blood on your hands

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

Let's argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let's argue this out
You'll be one of the clouds
Let's argue this out
Quit fooling around
Give love to the ones who can't love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can't stand at all, all
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show


Lyrics submitted by Loona3, edited by BKErrant

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    General CommentThis song is based on Amos 5:21-24

    biblegateway.com/passage/;
    cirrusfiveon June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is based on Amos 5:21-24

    biblegateway.com/passage/;
    cirrusfiveon June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe is a great songwriter...

    Great songwriters do not cast blame on others... they expose a problem or feeling through their eyes and emotions... they sing from the one place they can truly be seen... the one place they are truly invisible... their hearts.

    I believe Jon is singing about himself... a bittersweet depiction of how he feels...

    This is songwriting at its' best...

    Jon Foreman is a songwriter in the best way... truth

    dmedinaon April 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. Favourite on the EP hands down. Gives me chills.
    I think the meaning is fairly clear: cut out pale worshipping and instead let actions follow your beliefs.
    Loona3on May 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like how he quotes scripture that was aimed at the Israelites and their worship habits and then turns it around and questions OUR worship habits. very challenging and convicting.
    dothedew08on June 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCheck out Isaiah 1:11-17ish. It combines well with Amos
    SeeHadon July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjon is very contradicting in this song considering he himself is a performer. i'm not sure what to think because it is so hypocritical. he plays shows all the time so maybe he's referring to himself? just my view.
    hanslizon November 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLol Hansliz he's not talking abour performers as in musicians, or shows as in concerts. He's saying people who do things from selfish motives, who perform for the attention with no heart behind it.
    torchestogether408on November 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song speaks very strongly to me because it sums up everything I have learned in the last year. This song is just amazing. This song is pretty self explanatory to me. It proclaims one of the greatest problems with the christian faith. This is that so many people go through the routine of going to church and singing the songs but that is where it stops. Christians need to stand up they need to act Godly in church and out of church. They must represent God. Most importantly Jesus must be the center of their actions.
    happygizmo11on January 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentchristians can be hypocritical, this song is so true.
    rainaattackon April 02, 2009   Link

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