"Hymn 43" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Our father high in heaven-smile down upon your son.
Who's busy with his money games - his woman and his gun.
Oh Jesus save me!

And the unsung Western hero, killed an Indian or three,
And then he made his name in Hollywood
To set the white man free.
Oh Jesus save me!

If Jesus saves-well, He'd better save Himself
From the gory glory seekers who use His name in death.
Oh Jesus save me!

Well, I saw Him in the city and on the mountains of the moon -
His cross was rather bloody -
He could hardly roll His stone.
Oh Jesus save me.


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"Hymn 43" as written by Ian Anderson

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  • +1
    General CommentThe song is not a prayer. It is an attack against certain religeons(Namely, Christianity) who use their religeon as an excuse to do bad things.

    Line 1:"Oh father high in heaven -- smile down upon your son
    whose busy with his money games -- his women and his gun."
    People ask god to help them with things like business, relationships, and war. People shouldn't be asking god for these things. They should be asking him to help them live an honest, spiritual life.

    Line 2:" And the unsung Western hero killed an Indian or three
    and made his name in Hollywood
    to set the white man free.
    Oh Jesus save me!"
    Manifest destiny. We said that it was our god given right to own the entire continent. Do you really think god wanted us to kill natives just so we could set up casinos and bars and movie studios. White christians make themselves feel superior because of their race and religeon.

    Line 3:"If Jesus saves -- well, He'd better save Himself
    from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death.
    Oh Jesus save me!"
    Ian Doesn't believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but if he was, the only person who needs saving is himself. He needs to be saved from all the people who use His name to do horrible things. After all, Jesus didm't want us to kill each other and gamble and fuck. Those were the things he was against.

    Line 4:"I saw him in the city and on the mountains of the moon --
    His cross was rather bloody --
    He could hardly roll His stone.
    Oh Jesus save me! "

    This line depicts Jesus as a man who is worn out from all the horrible things that people have done and blamed Him for.
    WYWHon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, you can't even spell "religion?" That's pathetic.
    idriveapriuson August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! great combination of the guitar and flute
    dasquien!on July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is a prayer
    kfe2on January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this the song that is really long and has a really beautiful melody?
    cmh2943on March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, um...just kidding, but I still love this song
    cmh2943on March 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentP.S. Ian anderson is a genious and Tull is one of the greatest rock bands ever.
    WYWHon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone who disagrees can suck a cock
    WYWHon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice line-by-line, WYWH.
    onelokikittyon January 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBe sure to see the difference between the religion, and the people doing evil in it's name.
    -GRon July 15, 2007   Link

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