"Modern Jesus" as written by John Baldwin Gourley and Brian Joseph Burton....
Come on in take a seat next to me
You know we got
We got what you need
We may be liars preaching to choirs but we can
We can sell your dreams

You don't need sympathy
They got a pill for everything
Just take that dark cloud
Ring it out to wash it down, but

Don't pray for us
We don't need no modern Jesus
To roll with us
The only rule we need is never
Giving up
The only faith we have is faith in us

We're the ones who start little fires
Yet they burn out
But when they're on the rise they can't help but shine

And when the wave approaches Take our ashes to the ocean
Who cares if hell awaits?
We're having drinks at heaven's gate

Don't pray for us
We don't need no modern Jesus
To roll with us
The only rule we need is never
Giving up
The only faith we have is faith in us

We know that we're helpless
At least we always assume
But we don't need to prove nothing to you
Let's keep the cool
You don't need to feel blue
'Cause we won't sell you nothing
You can't use

Don't pray for us
We don't need no modern Jesus
To roll with us
The only rule we need is never
Giving up
The only faith we have is faith in us


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"Modern Jesus" as written by Brian Joseph Burton John Baldwin Gourley

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  • +6
    General CommentThis is about the church telling them what they need to do to behave and why he doesn't need them. He's saying, you don't need to pray for us, we are living a great life and that they are already englightened and changing the world for the best.

    Lyrics breakdown:

    [Come on in
    Take a seat next to me
    You know we got
    We got what you need
    We may be liars preaching to choirs
    But we can
    We can sell your dreams]
    >>>>This is the from the viewpoint of the church and church people who are always trying to convert those who aren't "believers"

    [You don't need sympathy
    They got a pill for everything
    Just take that dark cloud
    Ring it out to wash it down, but
    Don't pray for us
    We don't need no modern Jesus
    To roll with us
    The only rule we need is never
    Giving up
    The only faith we have is faith in us]
    >>>>This is his argument, saying that he doesn't need any institution to tell him what or what not to do. He doesn't need sympathy, a pill, or the modern Jesus, to FIX him. The point of naming him the modern Jesus is because so much of modern religions are so far away from the whole point of Jesus. Jesus is about forgiveness and love and so many churches are about hate and negativity. He is saying to reach his point of living, you need to have faith in yourself not in an institutions ideas.

    [We're the ones who start little fires
    Yet they burn out
    But when they're on the rise
    They can't help but shine]
    >>>>People who believe in themselves and LIVE shine brightly, they may not change the world at once, but they do everywhere in their own way by burning little fires that catch peoples attention

    [And when the wave approaches
    Take our ashes to the ocean
    Who cares if hell awaits?
    We're having drinks at heaven's gate]
    >>>>He doesn't need some ceremony to bring him to heaven, he is already so close from living a fulfilling life. He's not afraid of hell because he got past hell on earth anyway.

    [We know that we're helpless
    At least we always assume
    But we don't need to prove nothing to you
    Let's keep the cool
    You don't need to feel blue
    'Cause we won't sell you nothing
    You can't use]
    >>>>He knows he's not "saved" from the religious stand point, but he contradicts them saying they aren't trying to prove anything to live their life, so maybe he is the one that is saved? He also throws in how he won't sell you a useless religion but will sell you an album that you can USE, hell you may even find enlightenment right here in this song!
    equestrianellenon September 24, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti personally think he might be speaking from the atheist perspective, he could be talking how they can see what the church tell them to do,and what he sees as a rationalist. when he says 'You don't need sympathy
    They got a pill for everything" he's saying in the 21 century you no longer need Jesus to feel better, they have modern medicine for pretty much everything"
    then he says "Don't pray for us
    We don't need no modern Jesus
    To roll with us" he's referring how he doesn't want for people to put his faith in the hands of what he knows is not there" he doesn't need someone(jesus) to roll with him.
    angel11803on October 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to be written from the perspective of someone who is reluctantly - almost sarcastically - embracing humanism (faith in us) and modern medicine (pills). And in place of the rules of religion, he is advocating that we rely completely on ourselves (never give up).

    Basically, it's telling the narrative of someone who doesn't necessarily believe that God or Jesus don't exist, but is rejecting them in favor faith in more modern things. It's a fairly common theme for younger people who grow up in a society that is transitioning from Christian values to a more ambiguous set of values.

    It's an unsatisfying mental state (we know that we are helpless) (who the hell cares), which isn't surprising given that almost all of us crave meaning and direction in our lives.
    GrizzlyAdamson February 02, 2014   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionI think in this song, the singer is speaking from a third person perspective. The people he is speaking for are those who understand the general basis of the Christian Religion, but would rather have fun. He is trying to show how many people have misplaced ideas of Christianity and that many people think: "To get to Heaven, you must be good!" However, this is NOT what Christianity is all about. Christianity is not the quest for an eternal life of awesomeness just because you were good for a short while.
    StoneFrawgon July 11, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationIf you take into account the double negatives(triple in one instance) this song is subject to multiple conflicting interpretations.

    The content of the verses is somewhat unsettling in regards to the state of modern thought:

    "We can sell your dreams"
    Commercialism. Everyone dreams of fame in some form. Have you ever fantasized about being a rock star? Note the usage of "we" throughout the song.

    "You don't need sympathy
    They got a pill for everything"
    Pharmaceuticals - Don't worry about those troublesome emotions. Suppress with technology.

    "We're the ones who start little fires
    Yet they burn out"
    Recreational drugs - Yes, I know there are other interpretations to this verse. They have a powerful effect when "on the rise" but leave you wanting when you come down.

    "Who cares if hell awaits?"
    "We know that we're helpless"
    Apathy - Lack of concern about the future. Unwillingness to improve even in the face of consequence.

    We have all these problems but we don't need religion. Do we? Perhaps this artist thinks we do. Maybe not Christianity, but something that's better adapted to our modern condition and, above all, not governed by materialism.

    Double Negatives:

    We don't need no modern Jesus = We need modern Jesus

    'Cause we won't sell you nothing You can't use = We will sell you something you can't use
    TheSquirrelon October 29, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAnd when the wave approaches
    Take our ashes to the ocean
    Who cares if hell awaits?
    We're having drinks at heaven's gate

    This is definitely a cult reference to the Heaven's Gate cult that committed mass suicide by drinking pineapple juice mixed with an anti-convulsant and washed down by vodka, making their asphyxiation less violent.
    pronomonoon April 11, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General CommentCool song, slight variation from Johns self loathing, but just slightly! Anti religious theme continues, well not anti religious totally because he mentions the devil in all 4 tracks so far, usually equating himself to the devil...Im just delving into John, what a great songwriter....it really sucks that danger mouse contractually is given cowriter on every song...I know he adds a feel but these are Johns songs..
    mbaliyaon June 09, 2013   Link
  • -5
    General Commentlame religiophobic crap, a masterpiece in contradictions and irony about a no risk subject …why didn t the fag just say "lets slit your wrist" ...dadeda ..ladadela
    cansongon June 01, 2014   Link

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