"Brainwashed" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
And so we begin with another sun
The earth's enslaved with hypocrites
They lay their heads to rest at night
Say a little prayer and all is right

Christ it's nothing personal
You've got to see
They twist and turn your words
For their own needs
They're brainwashed puppets
The almighty crutch
Cowards of reality
And their dying love

Living life in total lies
Judging others
Believe that I say or burn in hell
Bow down your head
You won't feel so bad
Do as I say or burn in hell

Close your eyes, look deep inside
Master of the ignorant
Master of the lies
Judgment day is close at hand
Generate that blasphemy
Master of the damned

Lies

Now behind your reflection
Lies the one who knows the truth
Your conscience will condemn you
On judgment day you'll lose

It seems very odd to me
How you sin and feel so free
And all you have to do is say
Forgive me, I believe

Lies, foolish lies
Behind your brainwashed eyes
Lies, foolish lies
Behind your brainwashed eyes

Judge me not my shallow friend
Lest ye be judged yourself
You abuse the words you preach
You mold them for yourself
Brainwashed hypocrisy
Justifies the life you lead
Forgive me father I have sinned
Lay my head to rest again

Living life in total lies
Judging others
Believe what I say or burn in hell
Trust in me, say yes I believe
Do it now or burn in hell


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"Brainwashed" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentThis song shows how messed up organized religion is today especially in the catholic church.
    D&Wrootbeeron July 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIndeed, it is Schaffer's view on organized religion, but never specifically designates the catholic church.
    Pocket_Savioron November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPersonally, I think you're both a bit off. This song seems to be a condemnation of modern Christianity, stating that the teachings are twisted and that the Church uses fear to atract people in stead of seeking out those who truly want religion. I say Christianity specifically because the concept of hell and eternal punishment for the sinners are not part of all organized religion.
    DownloadTHISon June 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt might mean Christianity, say you... but I find that this song encompasses both Christianity and the modern society of today.

    "It seems very odd to me
    How you sin and feel so free
    And all you have to do is say
    Forgive me ... I believe"

    We are pushed by society to sin and indulge ourself, and pushed by religion to reconcile for these sins, but no sooner do we leave the confessional, society assaults us with sin again.
    Kaiston September 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the whole bible being twisted around by the church:

    "Christ it's nothing personal
    You've got to see
    They twist and turn your words
    For their own needs
    They're brainwashed puppets"

    That could mean that he's showing how humanity preaches his religion... Just a thought I just got, but I think it's right
    HungerForMoreon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it kind of takes a stab at religion, but specifically, Christianity or Catholicism. Schaffer mentions the way of repentance: simply apologizing for your sins and a line from what I remember to be the Act of Contrition (for those who don't know, it's usually said before Confession.)
    Shujinko236on December 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with kaist but could the first line of the song be "And so we begin with another sin" rather than "And so we begin with another sun"? i am pretty sure about that^^
    TheEndon January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's taking a stab at organized religion.
    Lateralus518on December 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt says Jesus Christ is the almighty crutch that christians depend on for forgiveness. You say a little prayer and youre all right in your head. Jesus is a master of puppets but in a different sense than the metallica song. Jesus and his followers too are getting more people to follow. And they probably do it to get into heaven and be loved forever. If you dont you're tortured and burned for all eternity in hell. Either way you go, both are a little extreme considering you've only lived for about 81 years by the end of it.
    4thHorsmanon February 15, 2013   Link

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