"Look at You" as written by and James Edward Olliges Jr....
Look at you
Such a fine citizen
Look at you, you
Such a glowing example
Of peace and glory, glory, glory
Of peace and glory, glory, glory
Let me follow you

We believe in your power to lead, without fear
Not above, in some tower but here
Right down here with us, in this world

Look at you, you
Everywhere at once, you
Look at you such a glowing example
Of peace and glory, glory, glory
Of peace and glory, glory, glory
Let me...let me follow...let me...let me follow you

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"Look at You" as written by James Edward Olliges Jr


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    General CommentIt is pretty obvious that Jim is talking about Jesus in this song, which is nothign new for his lyrics. Jim has always had many spiritual songs bordering on gospel. Maybe you have to see him live to really connect the dots, I don't know.

    I like some of the imagination in these responses, but this song was written prior to Obama being a national figure, and it would be kind of a stretch to say it is mocking Bush - especially considering the raw emotion he puts into singing this song, particularly during live performances.

    I am sure Jim is a liberal guy, but he is also very spiritual.

    Motthambleon December 16, 2008   Link
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    Lyric Correctionnot ABOVE in some tower, rather than ABOUT
    iangurteenon April 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's 100% about Obama. Jim just talked about it at the most recent show. What a disappointment. I don't care if he leans left, right, or indifferent, but I really think it would have been best to leave it to the imagination of the listener. Ruined.
    onebigholidayon March 07, 2018   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me like a message to God. Saying that we believe in your power to lead us, walking with us every day.
    scottypon June 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song seems to draw upon a double religious/political metaphor, possibly jim james singing about an ideal presidential candidate.

    the "good citizen", "power to lead to without fear" and "peace and glory" could be adjectives to describe this ideal leader but also could be attributed to a religious figure.
    biles1234on June 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti dont think its religious. more about what we need for this country. Though jim james has commented on his love of gospel and old R&B and the influence it may have had on this album
    wilcokidon July 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis seems like a religious song to me, as well, although I can definitely see how it refers a poltical leader ("Such a fine citizen!") as well. But he also sings of the "You" being "Not about, in some tower/But here-right down here-/With us/In this world" and being "Everywhere at once", which really makes me think it's about God. "Thank You Too" from this album has some religious overtones, too.
    BCKnighton November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI get the feeling, when listening to this song, that Jim is talking about Barack Obama. Normally I would suggest that it is a negative commentary on Bush, but considering how peaceful the singing and music is, I would say it is about optimisim.

    The repeating of the word glory seems to suit Obama correctly.
    kozworthon December 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would have to agree with Motthamble in saying that this is purely a spiritual song. I don't see how people draw so many interpretations of involving Bush these days...
    alc5don June 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know who its about, but I think its meant to be very sarcastic. Just the line "look at you" has a very taunting connotation.
    Matthewschicklingon March 24, 2011   Link

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