"I Was Zero" as written by Temistoclas Hugo Rutili, James Becker, Brian Deck, Sage Francis, Richard Terfry and Gordon Patriarca....
If it wasn't for the bass, I wouldn't need these hearing aids.
If it wasn't for mistakes, I probably wouldn't be here today.

10 years ago I was 22.
20 years ago I was 12.
30 years ago I was 2.

When I came out my momma I was zero.
When I came out my momma I was zero.
When I came out my momma I was zero.
I was zero when I came out my momma, and now everybody knows.

In the before life, I was undead.
I was home schooled, there were no rules.
But I gave it all up, just for the chance to go public.
A celestial scarecrow dancing with the puppets.
A tug in my gut, I'm carrying the world in my stomach.
I'm a surrogate mother-fucker the girls love it.
Birth the suffix and cut the visible string.
Controls much more than a physical thing.
I was born into it, and before I knew it.
I saw the students of poor gettin' hauled off to war.
The law of Judas in the land of the king's tax.
Partaking the Eucharist, than demand your kick-backs.
Spiritual wrist slap, please pass the sacrament.
Ask if big bad black Jesus was African.
Selling a click track, call it a soul-plat.
It's all in how you package it.
The power of a magic trick.
Immaculate concepts, lost in the land of the cross.
I'm standing off with a man of the cloth.
He knows the ins and out's and all I wants the outs.
Hes selling real estate for some place in the clouds.
But I'm not investing in intellectual property.
Inventing gender-bending technology.
Because maybe everybody needs to just become a sexual oddity.
Leaving birth to the test tubes and death to the lottery.
There's no one stopping me, I've gotta be self-regulating.
Wealth was escalating, but my poverty was entertaining.
I'm debating, the value of a caste system.
I'm cash backed for wars and wars funded by my tax income.
I find my part of the problem in part of me.
There's always been a difference between what I am and what I wanna be.

It's either Jihadist freak or Jesus seamster.
I heard god is cumming and shes a screamer.

I couldn't understand what she was telling me.
Why everyone thinks that their their own worst enemy.
I followed the manual and I swallowed the skeleton key.
And it unlocked the hell in me.

(So this is my gift to god!)
Rippin' at my dick like a tourniquet, syphilis!
(This is my gift to god!)
I'm jumpin' out the cake, naked with a shank.
(This is my gift to god!)
Unwrap the package confetti made of maggots.
(This is my gift)
You call that talent? here's your image back, you can have it.

10 years ago I was 22.
20 years ago I was 12.
30 years ago I was 2.

When I came out my momma I was zero.
When I came out my momma I was zero.
When I came out my momma I was zero.
When I came out my momma I was zero.
I was zero when I came out my momma, and now everybody knows.
I was zero when I came out my momma, and now everybody knows.

If it wasn't for the bass, I wouldn't need these hearing aids.
If it wasn't for mistakes, I probably wouldn't be here today.
If it wasn't for mistakes, I probably wouldn't be here today.


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"I Was Zero" as written by Richard Terfry Sage Francis

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    General CommentThis song is about Christmas... Jesus was believed to have died in the year 33 AD and most scholars assume this means that he mathematically must have been 33 years old at the time of his death; however, what they don't take into account was that chronologically there was no "year 0" - it jumps from year 1 BC - to year 1 AD (Anno Domini - "the year of our lord") so this must mean that Jesus was in fact 32 years old when he died...

    10 + 22 = 32
    20 + 12 = 32
    30 + 2 = 32

    ... otherwise, by traditional calculations he would have had to already been 1 year old at the time of his birth - which obviously doesn't make sense - so this song is about that missing year of Jesus' life that history has forgotten. When he came out his momma he was zero.

    Now everybody knows.
    DKVilleon April 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with you DKVille, but I think there's more to it than just that. I think that, by bringing the misinterpretation of Jesus' age into light, Sage Francis is reflecting his own views on Christianity. He discusses the ridiculous idea of going to war over it, the amount of money invested into the church which in turn helps fund such wars, and hid own experiences of the church, where they have attempted to instil guilt in those who do not follow God.

    It also discusses the difficult time he had with the church, "unlocking the hell in him".

    Pretty awesome song, very well put together and mentions a number of hard-hitting notions in a very whimsical fashion.
    DrangoniteIncon April 16, 2012   Link

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