"The Gospel of John Hurt" as written by and Augustus Unger Hamilton Thomas Green....
No space
L-shaped
Tetris
Tile seeking
Somewhere
Oh somewhere
To fit in
Alien

(Come on) Oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

Ak
Twenty
4-7
Civilian

Oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

Coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

Jeremiah
Looking down
And you know where you're looking on down
Do you know where you go
You're headed on the strings
For the E-X-T-I-N-C-T
Jeremiah
Looking down but you know where you're looking
But you go
Do you know where you go
You're headed on the strings
For the E-X-T-I-N-C-T

Oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

And oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

And oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

And oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

Oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods

Oh, coming out of the woodwork
Chest bursts like John Hurt
Coming out of the woods


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"The Gospel of John Hurt" as written by Joe Newman Augustus Unger Hamilton

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  • +2
    My InterpretationHis love for someone is bursting out of his chest, like John Hurt the iconic Alien scene.
    sean111049on December 01, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI love this song, and for too long I didn't understood the meaning this song. So I started to read it again and again, and when I searched the Web for the meaning of "John Hurt" it finally hit me that this is a song simply about the movie Alien.

    No space - the crew just landed on a new planet and the no longer in space

    L-shaped - the egg cracked in a L shape and you can see this on the movie poster pictures

    Tetris
    Tile seeking - the alien trys to find the best match, they use the Tetris game as a metaphor

    Somewhere
    Oh somewhere
    To fit in
    Alien - the alien need somewhere to fit in

    (Come on) Oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods - in the chorus the probably talking about the alien coming out. after been connected to Kane face, the alien disappeared. Few minutes later the alien bursts from Kane (played by John Hurt) chest and start killing the people.

    Ak
    Twenty
    4-7
    Civilian - this I didn't understood very mutch, but I assume that there is the fight against the alien. The talk about weapons (AK-47) and civilians and it's seem in place if you look on the story.

    Oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    Coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    Jeremiah
    Looking down
    And you know where you're looking on down
    Do you know where you go
    You're headed on the strings
    For the E-X-T-I-N-C-T - now this is interesting, Jeremiah is a prophet in the Bible. In his story he saw a vision and in it there where no man or animals alive, only destroyed citys and things that look like birds flying and leaving the earth. The speculation is that he saw a vision of alien invasion. This directly connects to the story of the movie and they always use things that looke like they have no connection to the song, but when you look you understand the connection.

    Jeremiah
    Looking down but you know where you're looking
    But you go
    Do you know where you go
    You're headed on the strings
    For the E-X-T-I-N-C-T

    Oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    And oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    And oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    And oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    Oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    Oh, coming out of the woodwork
    Chest bursts like John Hurt
    Coming out of the woods

    I know this sounds very strange, but this is my interpretation of the song, hope you'll like it.
    Sorry fore the poor language, English is not my native language.
    FightingChameleonon June 23, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll this time I thought it was "get me out of the bourgeois"
    bloodfloodpt2on January 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI still don't know exactly what this means/what the references are? However, this is one cool sounding song... one of my favorites from alt-j for sure.
    epacigaon October 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationNot sure about the verses, but "ak 20 47 Civillian" is a clever play on words, referencing the gun Ak-47, 20 civilians, and 24-7, all the time. I also think that the chorus "Oh, coming out of the woodwork, chest burst like John Hurt, coming out of the wood", when taken with the earlier line, is talking about some kind of shooting. They, maybe the 20 civilians, are coming out of the woodwork and shooting, causing Jeremiah's (?) chest to burst like John Hurt's in Alien.
    JuntaJaston May 01, 2015   Link

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