"A-one and a-two and a-chick-a-boom-a-chick."

I don't want the Spirit; I want the kick drum
I don't want the Spirit; I want the kick drum
I know how it works, so I'm not dumb
I don't want the Spirit; I want the kick drum

Like sex without love
Like peace without the Dove
Like a crime scene without the blood
I don't want the Spirit; you know I want a kick drum

I don't want the Son; I want a jury of peers
I don't want the Son; I want a jury of peers
I'm scared of who's going to see my tears
I don't want the Son; I want a jury of peers

Like lies without the truth
Like wine without the fruit
Like a skydive without the chute
I don't want the Son; you know I want a jury of peers
I don't want the Spirit; you know I want a kick drum

"Oh, groove with me baby"

I don't want the Father; I want a vending machine
I don't want the Father; I want a vending machine
I know what I want, if you know what I mean
I don't want the Father; I want a vending machine

Like heaven without gates
Like hell without flames
Like life without pain
I don't want the Father; you know I want a vending machine
I don't want the Son; you know I want a jury of peers
I don't want the Spirit; you know I want a kick drum



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The Spirit Vs. The Kick Drum song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment:This is my favorite song on the album, specifically for the line "I don't want the Son. I want a jury of peers." A wonderfully thoughtful lyric about how we compare ourselves to others to justify our own righteousness and lack thereof.
    relevantreverenceon October 22, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation:This was how I took it...

    "I don't want the Spirit; I want the kick drum"
    I don't really care about what is most appropriate at a given time, as long as we've got what people want. (I don't care about anything as long as the music is what I like.)

    "Like sex without love
    Like peace without the Dove
    Like a crime scene without the blood"
    More 'irony' of 'inappropriate' situations.

    "I don't want the Son; I want a jury of peers"
    I don't care what Jesus said I should do, I'll base my actions/life/choices on what the Church/others/etc. say I should/should not do or what they think is appropriate/inappropriate.

    "Like lies without the truth
    Like wine without the fruit
    Like a skydive without the chute"
    More about disregarding how it should be done and instead doing what looks best.

    "I don't want the Father; I want a vending machine"
    I don't want the Father to say yes or no, I want prayer/life/etc. to be like a vending machine. I put in my choices and then pay what I must to get it.

    "Like heaven without gates
    Like hell without flames
    Like life without pain"
    More on taking the easy way and getting what I want.

    Fantastic song. I like how DW makes [sharp] points with a dose of realistic cynicism.
    seh87on December 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is pretty much about superficial Christianity. People love the music of worship and have an emotional experience, but don't truly feel the Spirit.

    "I don't want the Father; I want a vending machine." That line was a sweet punch at the prosperity gospel.
    sungison May 26, 2010   Link

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