Jena and Jimmy they met at a rally to bring our boys back from the war
Jimmy was dancing he was dancing like crazy showing no mercy to the dance floor
Jena was minding she was minding her business she did not want no company
'Til Jimmy spotted her like a lamb to the slaughter and he coaxed her over with a martini

And Jimmy said "ooohh ooohh ooohh"

She could feel it hitting her bloodstream
Before she knew it she was she was up on his chopping block and he was flagging down a taxi

And Jimmy said..
"If you give me your love
I'll give you my love
I'll give you my love
Gonna take one kiss to shut you up (and that'll be enough)
If you give me your love
I'll give you my love
I'll give you my love
Gonna kiss your lips to shut you up"

She told him stories of social injustices and constitutional rights
He smirked and turned his head "just lighten up" he said "baby we got all night"
Jena was beautiful and spoke convincingly he listened just like a priest
His best shot at stopping her was if he co-opted her so he got two more rounds of drinks

And Jimmy said "ooohh ooohh ooohh"

Jimmy held her like an enemy
Then toasted global peace and dovetailing interests as he threw his shot back with a wink

And Jimmy said
"If you give me your love
I'll give you my love
I'll give you my love
Gonna take one kiss to shut you up (and that'll be enough)
If you give me your love
I'll give you my love
I'll give you my love
Gonna kiss your lips to shut you up"


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Jena & Jimmy song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationLike pretty much the whole album, this song is just a metaphor. I think this one, unlike some others, is specifically about American Evangelical Protestants and the Republican Party.

    Jimmy is the Republican party, Jena is the Church.

    Jena wants good, she wants to save the world. Even though they have some vague common interests, all Jimmy really wants is her body. He entices her, intoxicates her, and pretends to care about what she cares about long enough to take her home, and keeps smiling and nodding so she'll keep believing it's her interests he cares about. But in the end, he's only really trying to shut her up about what she cares about so that he can get what he wants.

    The Republican party has been keeping the Church intoxicated with lines about being pro-life for how many years now? Yet when they had a majority in both houses, and the presidency, and 5 seats on SCOTUS, they passed 0 bills outlawing, restricting, or otherwise preventing abortion. And that's just one of a dozen issues where the Church is playing the whore to the State. But if the church starts to complain, it's all "just lighten up... baby we got all night" or "Gonna kiss your lips to shut you up".
    sysiphuson March 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningActually this song is not about the church or republicans but you're right its all metaphors. Derek had said himself that Jena represents the Civil Rights movement in the 60's and Jimmy (Jim Crow) represents the government's. The government was attempt to co-opt their movement by seducing them with power (or something similar to that).
    reytimon March 04, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionWow i should probably have proof read that a bit more first... Anyway you get what i was saying.
    reytimon March 04, 2010   Link

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