I spent more than my share on temptation
Trying to cool my swollen tongue
I gorged myself on all that free good will
And left the others none

What I wear like church clothes
You wear just like jewelry
All the simple things you revel in
They just suffocate me
And I don’t know anymore
I wish someone would tell me who to be
Cause I am ready,
I am ready to try anything

I’m dazzled by glamour, and camera angles
The drama and swagger of fools
I sacrificed beauty once
To chase after the parade
Spent my morning after crawling back to you

What I wear like church clothes
You wear just like jewelry
All the simple things you revel in
They just suffocate me
And I don’t know anymore
I wish someone would tell me who to be
Cause I am ready, I am ready to try anything

Want to be brand new
I want to trade in these wings
Mine don’t work like yours do

What I wear like church clothes
You wear just like jewelry
All the simple things you revel in
They just suffocate me
And I don’t know anymore
I wish someone would tell me who to be
Cause I am ready, I am ready to try anything
I am ready, I am ready to try anything


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Church Clothes song meanings
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  • +3
    General Comment"This is a song about when your genitals lead you, and your brain says 'stop,' but your genitals say 'no'."


    His words, not mine... :)
    caslaibelon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song was an automatic favorite the first time I heard it. I think it's about how though he's got fame and glamour around him, he hasn't fallen for it. I think he was dating someone who was materialistic, and it's his way of saying that he's not into that. What she thinks is casual, he thinks is church clothes. I think it proves that he's not affected by his fame in any way, and if more comfortable with it. It's his way of saying that this isn't going to change him.
    dublinskyon February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentman, i love matt nathanson...and why isnt anyone commenting on this song?!!?!? pishaw. hehe my s/n is dedicated to this wonderful song...
    churchclotheson May 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeha... im also surprised barely anyone has commented on this song
    youneverknowon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, the whole aura of it is just.. great. Matt Nathanson rocks my face off.
    Robynon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMatt dedicated this song to my genitals.
    mavrixon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe thing with MN is that he has a few songs that talk about how difficult it was for him to deal with fame, or at least – the hypocrisy of the music business, or so I think.
    The question is if he was ever VERY famous, as in, gone-to-my-head-can’t-deal-with-it-famous? Or is he just very sensitive to this?
    I mean, he’s stardom material, that’s for sure, but he still keeps his shows intimate, and his songs on a small scale, just wondering why.
    This song, I think, has a lot to do with it, how he can’t handle the inconvenience of being in the spot light, even though he thought he was born for that.
    june99on October 28, 2005   Link

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