Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me

Don't expect me to cry,
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me

Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me

Don't expect me to cry,
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

[Repeat x2]
Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me

Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me
Don't expect me to cry,
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die
Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me



Lyrics submitted by bonj, edited by Mellow_Harsher


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  • +6
    General Comment:The original of this song is by the Vaselines. The Vaselines did it basically as a way of criticizing religion. The old Christian hymn you all are speaking of is "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam." I don't remember the words to the hymn, as I only saw that song once, but in my opinion, the lyrics to "Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam" are basically the artist's way of saying "I made mistakes, I learned from them, so don't expect me to feel guilty and don't expect me to pretend to be perfect when we all know I'm not," and also, "don't expect me to sacrifice my happy life for your miserable hypocritical belief system."
    seacreature25on March 19, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:The meaning "I" find is..

    One who was brought up with religeon, goes down a path in life in which is "sinfull" then fearing his destiny of where he will go when he dies, he Rejects his faith, in other words, telling jesus to go get out of his life, because he feels guilty of his wrong doings .
    Rob_98443on February 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:Kurt is guilt stricken and is pretty much rejecting Jesus for all the wrong in his life. "Don't expect me to cry, For all the reasons you had to die. Don't ever ask your love of me." He is talking about Jesus' crusifiction and how he won't cry for the reasons HE had to die. Kurt, like many others, was not shown the true reason Jesus died for us. Its easier to blame God for all the pain in the world, than to except his way of life. I know, I know, you're sitting there and saying "if God is so great, why is everything in the world so wrong?" The fact is, that Jesus loves you and me. God made you, made me. He did not "program us to be godly". God gave us a free will. God doesn't owe us anything, we owe him our lives. That's where people go wrong, blaming God and saying He "owes us". Have you ever heard the true word of Jesus Christ? Check out this web-site for more info on this, by far this is the most straight up website that doesn't pull any punches or sugar coats anything. No lie. The most intense experience of you life, just give it a chance and don't go in there with your guard up.
    Jlmmy_Hoffaon July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:There Is NO GOD
    captainInsanityon July 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Kurt Cobain is not singing about "all of the horrible sins he's committed," or anything, even. The song, first of all, is a cover of a Vaseline's song, which is a parody of a kid's song. And even if he did write it, Kurt Cobain has said so many times before, THE SHIT HE WRITES MEANS NOTHING. They're just words for the music. If you wanna talk esoteric Christianity, before the Bible was horrendously edited and made about as reliable as a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale book, when the male and the female were equal, let's talk some truth, otherwise your words, too, mean nothing. And if any of you Bible thumpers knew anything about this band or this music you would know that Kurt Cobain authored the phrase, "GOD IS GAY." and he was most likely attracted to the song because of it's anti-religious connotations, not because of any guilt or remorse he felt he owed to some Evangelical god he didn't even feel in existence. Preaching to the wrong choir, chums, if you think a forum full of Nirvana fans is a good place to try and convert some folks.
    katiemercuryon July 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:This song is a parody of the song, "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam". In this song it talks about a sunbeam is a person that is happy, loving, serves Jesus, keeps his heart from sin, and etc. The Vaseline's song "Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam" talks about how he doesn't have it in himself to be a sunbeam because "sunbeams are never made like me". This song explains that he cannot be a cry, lie, or die for Jesus.
    theloxon May 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is an old religious song that Kurt changed slightly for his own liking.....Perhaps for the reasons noted.
    God's Peace
    schuttfaceon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:it was done by the Vaseline's first
    tricky_dickon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:kurt didn't change it
    tricky_dickon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yeah, he's right. Why is it even here.
    cufktishsips13on May 22, 2002   Link

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