Ancient holy wars
Dead religions, holocausts
New regimes, old ideas
That's now myth, that's now real
Original sin, genetic fate
Revolutions, spinning plates
It's important to stay informed
The commentary to comment on

Oh, and no one ever really knows you and life is brief
So I've heard, but what's that gotta do with this black hole in me?

Age-old gender roles
Infotainment, capital
Golden bows and mercury
Bohemian nightmare, dust bowl chic
This documentary's lost on me
Satirical news, free energy
Mobile lifestyle, loveless sex
Independence, happiness

Oh, and no one ever knows the real you and life is brief
So I've heard, but what's that gotta do with this atom bomb in me?

Coliseum families
The golden era of TV
Eunuch sluts, consumer slaves
A rose by any other name
Carbon footprint, incest dreams
Fuck the mother in the green
Planet cancer, sweet revenge
Isolation, online friends

Oh, and love is just an institution based on human frailty
What's your paradise gotta do with Adam and Eve?
Maybe love is just an economy based on resource scarcity
What I fail to see is what that's gotta do with you and me


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by JonR, roshea

Holy Shit song meanings
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    General CommentAbsolutely incredible lyrics. Replying to the 2 comments before: I'm pretty sure he does say "incest dreams". Definitely odd but it flows with the line right after, "fuck the mother in the green" which I agree is a direct reference to destroying earth or mother nature (our mother, as creatures of the earth). Pretty sure he also says "planet cancer" not "plant cancer" but it doesn't affect the sense or meaning of the song really.
    DsquareDon August 14, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think the first stanza refers directly to the name of the song "Holy Shit." The shitty things about all things holy- holy wars, old ideas, ...

    The rest of the song seems to be about an increased dependence on technology and excessive consumerism- our new religion. ("Consumer slaves" "capital") The dependence on technology ("online Friends" "mobile lifestyle" "the golden era of tv") and excessive consumerism both lead to the loss of real human interaction ("isolation", "loveless sex" "free energy" while simultaneously destroying the earth. ("carbon footprint" "plant cancer" "fuck the mother in the green"

    The line "instant streams" is interesting because it could be viewed as online video streaming and also referring to the earth. Streams and rivers generally take thousands of years to form and the idea of an instant stream goes along with the "free energy" line. We want everything now at the expense of nature's natural course.

    The line "What's your paradise gotta do with Adam and Eve?" i take to mean what does your new religion (consumerism, technology) have to with the teachings of Christianity

    The line Maybe love is just an economy based on resource scarcity, further blurs the line from what is considered sacred (love) with what americans now hold sacred (consumerism, capitalism.)

    The "what's this gotta to do with you and me" seems to just sum up the glum outlook that FJM feels like he does not identify with either "religion"
    willtavingtonon March 10, 2015   Link
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    General CommentInstead of instant streams, I've been hearing incest dreams. Whoops.

    Anyways, the final line feels to me to be as if he's trying to shelter himself and a love interest from all the cynicism that seems to define him. He is as disillusioned as they get but he desperately wants to see if his personal circumstances (involving someone else) can be shielded from all that he sees is wrong in his world.
    getthoselyricsrighton March 13, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIf this song were a painting, I feel it would be a darkish upside down triangle leading down to a bright complimentary starburst explosion throughout background.
    coryrandolphon May 06, 2016   Link

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