"Cross to Bear" as written by and Bernard Joseph Butler Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws....
Jesus said to Mary, you really can come
I'm tired, love, and I'm feeling real numb
Gotta see if my father's come
I'm under pressure, while I'm under the sun

Father priest expects me to lead
Leaves is easy, wants me to bleed
I'm scared, light in the fear I'm lost
I won't lie, don't wanna die on no cross
Tracking the streets gotta stay on my feet
Wanna stay and lay with you, you're sweet

[Chorus: x3]
It's not my cross to bear
No, I don't care

When I'm dead, they say I rise again
If I come, will you still be here then
If I run, will you run with me too
We're hiding inside
We find a space for two

Evil friends before we leave
Flatten the sad be careful friends deceived
Free my chains

[Chorus: x3]

Premature, don't wanna die on no cross

When I'm dead, he was my body and fame

Premature, don't wanna die on no cross

When I'm dead, he was my body and fame

[Repeats]
This is not my cross
No, I don't care


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"Cross to Bear" as written by Bernard Joseph Butler Adrian Nicholas Matthew Thaws

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    General CommentI think some of the lyrics might not be right...although, I'm not positive that my corrections are right...but I think it should be:
    Hafdis Huld & Tricky:
    Jesus said to Mary, you really can come
    I'm tired, love, and I'm feeling real numb
    Gotta see if my father's come (gone?)
    I'm under pressure, while I'm under the sun

    Father, priest expects me to lead
    Leaves, it's easy, wants me to bleed
    I'm scared, Magdalene and I fear I'm lost
    I won't lie, don't wanna die on no cross

    Track through the streets, with nails in my feet
    Wanna stay and lay with you, you're sweet

    It's not my cross to bear
    No, I don't care

    When I'm dead, they say I rise again
    If I come, will you still be here then?
    If I run, will you run with me too?
    We'll hiding inside
    And find a space for two

    Eat with friends before we leave
    Madgaline said, "be careful, friends deceive."
    Free my chains

    It's not my cross to bear
    No, I don't care

    Tricky:
    Premature, don't wanna die on no cross

    Hafdis Huld & Tricky:
    When I'm dead, he wears my body and fame (feet?)

    Tricky:
    Premature, don't wanna die on no cross

    Hafdis Huld & Tricky:
    When I'm dead, he wears my body and fame (feet?)

    Tricky:
    This is not my cross to bear
    No, I don't care.


    I am absolutely in love with this song...to the point that it brought me to tears. I just bought this cd about 2 days ago and I've already listened to this song about 50 times.

    I think it's a beautiful view of the human side of Jesus. I'm not particularly religious, but I think this song is to remind us that the story of Jesus is supposed to be more than just about divinity. I think it Hafdis Huld's voice is perfectly angelic here too. Jesus is having a conversation with Mary Magdalene. Although the bible does not interpret it this way, Mary Magdalene just might have been Jesus' best friend and lover. Here, he's telling her that he's scared to be the one with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    I'm under pressure, while I'm under the sun
    - This could mean basically what I said above but I think this particular line might go a bit further to say that while he's in human form on the earth...meaning that perhaps there are other ways in which he exists, but for humans to understand, he needs to be human.


    Track through the streets, with nails in my feet
    Wanna stay and lay with you, you're sweet
    - I think this is talking about the trail to the cross...in Catholic/Christian stories, the Stations of the Cross, when Jesus is walking through on his way to being crucified. As a human, he'd rather stay with Mary Magdelene than have to do this.

    When I'm dead, they say I rise again
    If I come, will you still be here then?
    If I run, will you run with me too?
    We'll hiding inside
    And find a space for two
    - This is talking about the resurrection (Easter morning). He's asking Mary Magdeline if she'll wait for him. When he returns, they'll go somewhere to be together, be it physically or spiritually.

    Eat with friends before we leave
    Madgaline said, "be careful, friends deceive."
    - I think this is talking about the last supper and perhaps about Judas.

    This is the first time I'm posting anything on here, so, sorry if it's too long. Anyway, this song is abolutely beautiful. In the bible, which contains only gospels written by men (since mainly only men received education and thus became literate), Mary Magdalene is described as soley a prostitute. However, I don't think that's how it really was. And it's a beautiful way to redefine the religion. A true "message of love" is not sexist or biased. The union of Jesus and Mary Madgalene might be what Tricky is trying to portray here. This idea is similar to the concept of yin and yang. If Jesus was to be human and divine...to ignore or discredit the humanity is to belittle the divinity, because the sacrifices made to be "divine" are humanly experienced.

    My personal beliefs lead me to think that each one of us is "bearing" some kind of cross in this life. And it's important to consider both your feminity and masculinity when "tracking through the streets."

    This song reminds me a lot of Tool's "Lateralus." ...talking about the humanity and divinity within us all.

    Of course, this is my interpretation, I would love to hear other people's.

    ania123on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSorry...it should be, "We'll hide inside." not hiding.
    ania123on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI also think that the lines:
    Hafdis Huld & Tricky:
    When I'm dead, he wears my body and fame (feet?)

    could be: When I'm dead, they raise my body and feed (in referece to the idea of holy communion)

    Also, I spelled Magdalene about 2 or 3 different ways...not really sure which way is correct.

    ania123on November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJust found out...this song is a meditation on Scorcese's, "The Last Temptation of Christ." This info is from Hafdis Huld's website. Good stuff.
    ania123on November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThank you for your insightful interpretation...I agree with most of it.
    Isn't this just one of the best songs ever?
    I'm making a "best of 2008" CD and this gem will be on there.

    stentorianon December 13, 2008   Link

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