"Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam" as written by Frances Mckee and Eugene Kelly....
Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam
'Cause sunbeams are not made like me
And 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 lie
Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to die for thee

Oh, Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam
'Cause sunbeams are not made like me
And don't expect me to cry
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam
'Cause sunbeams are not made like me
And 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 lie
Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to die for thee

Oh, Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam
'Cause sunbeams are not made like me
And don't expect me to cry
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me


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"Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" as written by Frances Mckee Eugene Kelly

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    General CommentIt's not supposed to mean "Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam," actally. It's an imperative. "Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam." See the title? They're basically saying "Sorry, Jesus, you're gonna have to find someone else to be your sunbeam, because I can't be bothered." I guess it's kind of a break-up song with Jesus, or religion in general.

    Oh, and the song is kind of a response to an old Christian hymn called "I'll Be a Sunbeam" or something like that.
    AlgernonMabuson April 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere are over 100 replies to the nirvana version of this, but only 5 for this one! shockin' stuff. Well, I personally think this song is beautiful. It's a spin off a Christian worship song obvisously.

    At first glance I took it as someone basically rejecting the whole story of Jesus and God etc. Feeling cheated by life and cheated by God, so why should he feel any compassion for the death of Jesus and what Jesus has [apperently] done, if he's getting nothing in return?
    ihaveapenon January 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjesus WANTS me for a sunbeam is a sunday school song, we used to sing it in church, its just a play on that old childrens song
    pencapchew1979on May 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentouch!!!
    i really really like this song but my mother would kick me out if she read the lyrics... they're so strong...
    disappointment...
    one of the worst feelings in the world is to have to doubt something, you once thought unquestionable...
    tefon May 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe 'you' they keep refering to is jesus? So then I think this is about jesus and how they're not worthy of him or something like that. Or they're not religious, or don't believe in him, and wouldn't lie, cry, die for him?
    c_o_c_oon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song has always represented religious disillusionment for me, someone deciding that they want to turn their back on who used to be their "lord" and "saviour," deciding they aren't one of his followers, or "sunbeams," and deciding they no longer want to dedicate their life, or death to Him. Anyway, I'm talking out my ass again...
    LMKon June 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it might be about being refused by someone who he respects alot and is like a Jesus figure to him, and now this person needs him but he is refusing them.
    whiskeyclonehotelon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe name of this song is wrong on here, it should be "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam". "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam" is an old Christian song, and they changed it round.
    orangebeakeron January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNope, the song title posted here is correct. In the liner notes, it says "One Catholic life rejected in one song. What a silly billy!"
    morboton April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally think it just is:
    "Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam,
    Cause sunbeams are not made like me,"
    Jesus doesn't want me cause I'm not a good enough.
    by that i think they mean 'I'm not perfect, I'm a sinner, i suck" in not so many words.

    "And don't expect me to cry,
    For all the reasons you had to die,
    Don't ever ask your love of me"
    I think it's "I'm not gonna cry for the reason you died because i don't care or believe it. and Don't ask me to love you because i don't want to.'

    that's my interpretation anyway
    CoreTaKneeon February 13, 2008   Link

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