"One of The Three" as written by and James Patrick Glennie Lawrence Gott....
You were one
One of the three
One in three must find some peace
You were one
One of the three
I need proof before belief
Oh well, you just knew they'd come for you
So it was suicide, suicide
Oh well, you got just what you wanted
I hope your satisfied
One of the three (X4)
You were one
One of the three
One in three must find some peace
Oh well I guess your not to blame for what they've done in your name
In your name
Oh well, it's a shame you got so famous just for a sacrifice
One fo the three (X8)
You were one
One of the three
One in three must find some peace
Send forth your lamb to the slaughter
Send forthyour lamb to the slaughter
You send forthyour lamb to the slaughter
You send forthyour lamb to the slaughter



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"One of the Three" as written by Lawrence Gott James Glennie

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    General CommentBrilliant song. This and P.S. - best on album?
    Wambson December 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere were three people put on crosses when Jesus was sentenced to death so the singer is saying Jesus was only one of three people killed in the same way - should we attach special significance to just one? Also the bit about "it was suicide" and they will come from you - well if you claim to be son of God then it was suicidal in those days. I'm not religious but to me this is clearly about struggling with the belief in Jesus as the son of God.
    jmmosson June 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty sure this one's about Jesus or the story of Jesus.

    Nice to compare this one with "Live a Love of Life"
    dri-fton February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, questioning Jesus. Maybe that makes me appreciate it more as I'm an atheist...
    cmj_abon April 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with both commenters above. And like cmj_ab, I'm no believer myself -- I, too, "need proof before belief."

    One thing I've wondered about regarding the song is whether the "three" are to refer to Christianity's Holy Trinity, or to Jesus and the two thieves crucified with him. It certainly could allude to both -- and of course it might be neither, but these are the two interpretations that have occurred to me thus far.
    girl_least_likelyon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always assumed this song is about a gay man trying to reconcile the religion he was brought up under with his lifestyle.

    "Oh, well, I guess you're not to blame for what they
    Done in your name, in your name"

    He empathizes with Jesus because he feels persecuted in his own life, but at the same time, his persecution is done by the followers of Jesus.

    But then, some reason, I also always just assumed the members of the band James were gay for...
    bfifteenvon April 02, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionYeah : i too think that they're the 2 best songs on the album.But i really looove this album entirely, it's a really great ensemble of emotions, intelligence, and authenticity, which i think it's rare these modern days in the music business.

    For me, it's one of the most underestimated band of the 90's. Just like Pavement, they passed under the radar while everybody was watching Kurt Cobain destroy himself.
    I don't know why it seems like people considered James like a guilty pleasure, ( or that.s the idea i got from people around me when i listen to the album). Like there no real musical or melodic quality about them, like you have to be ashamed to listen to them, cuz it's not cool enough for the masses.
    sometimes, it kills me when people didnt listen more than one song ( Laid) and say things like " ah yeah, it's the catchy song in american pie...I thought it was played by Better than Ezra"...
    True story.
    What the fuck with your ears, stupid people ??
    Anyway,
    Just wanted to speak out to a crowd i felt would understand.

    (p.s : sorry if my english is so-so...I'm a french speaker from Montreal, Canada and my english is, well, incapacitated in many ways!!)
    FlyingZoweeon July 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe backdrop for this gem is upstate New York in early 1995. The lyrics focus on Jay Miseli, who was of the three company commanders in 1st BN, 2nd Regigment. "Second to None" It documents the inner struggle of his combat arms selection which seemed somewhat forced because of his leadership position. "I need proof before belief" refers to his leaning toward a conscientious objector stauts as commission day approched. Indeed, "one in three must find some peace" which luckily, he ultimately found through a blood wings ceremony with a junior member of his outfit.
    SergeantPon February 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLOL SergeantP. I give you an A for effort. This song is clearly about questioning Christianity. The best line is "Send forth your lamb to the slaughter..."

    The whole notion of the trinity is ludicrous just like Christianity is. I never understood how one can have blind faith in something with no historical context.
    CoronaKidon August 25, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's about the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
    mrgrumbleon July 15, 2016   Link

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