"Selling Jesus" as written by and Len Arran Deborah Ann Dyer....
You kill me with your smelly fingers
Your smelly fingers from the sex you had on Christmas Day
And now you say you're feeling guilty
You're feeling guilty 'cause your god was shining on your face
You go to church and light a candle
And then you're blinded by the light from the golden pews
The devil's snapping at your toes now
Because the angels can't be bothered to give to you

They're selling Jesus again
They're selling Jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling Jesus again
Selling love to you, selling love

You're buying this you're buying that now
You're wishing all the money in the world belonged to you
You're crucified upon you're own cross now
You're givin' money to the white men in the white limo
That kind of god is always man-made
They made him up then wrote a book to keep you on your knees
They get their theories from the same place
Then build a church if there's some money left
From lying on the beach

They're selling Jesus again
They're selling Jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling Jesus again
Selling love to you, selling love
They're selling Jesus again
They're selling Jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling Jesus again
Selling love to you, selling love


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"Selling Jesus" as written by Len Arran Deborah Ann Dyer

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    General Commentthis is a song about white people trying to evangelise black people in south africa during the apartheid, I think (not sure). She tells how angry she feels toward those white people who just wanted to impose things to the black without trying to understand them. This is taken from their first album which mostly deals with black&white people's relationships (paranoid and sunburnt)
    skunkeron May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if it is specifically about South Africa, but the song is more about how people use religion to control the masses, ie selling Jesus. They are using it to justify whatever they want, all the while they become richer. Basically about how people who sell Jesus are hypocrites who use there power to tell you what to do while they do something different.
    Madkalon November 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with Madkal. the song seems to be about someone using god as a way out of everything. "Your smelly fingers from the sex you had on Christmas Day...You go to church and light a candle
    And then you're blinded by the light from the golden pews". here they say that he/she had sex with someone but going to church and lighting a candle makes everything better and now "you're blinded"

    "That kind of god is always man-made
    They made him up then wrote a book to keep you on your knees" speaks for itself i think. its man-made because where you want to find forgiveness, you get forgiveness. we interpret things the way we want. and well, "They made him up then wrote a book to keep you on your knees" is just how someone made up the bible and/or god himself to control u and "keep you on your knees".
    all_of_meon July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, the message that "they're selling Jesus again, they want your soul, and your money, your blood and your votes" mentions the outright greed that comes with preaching religion.

    Having said that, the "love-love-lo-love" part at the end of the song is the catchiest I've heard in any song, since hearing it for the first time in the trailer for the movie 'Strange Days'.
    Cerulean_Bluon November 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaking profits out of Cultural and social dogmas.
    Manipulating with people and their lives for profits.
    Making people beliefs monetize.
    This song is warning on mass-media hypocrisy and lies.
    markoreskoon February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm confused as to whether this song is critical of Christianity in general (concepts, beliefs, origins etc), or an attack on the colonial era/post-colonial imposition by a white male-dominated Christian elite upon African peoples and the cheap 'selling' of Jesus in modern Western societies.

    Thoughts?
    nozzityon November 21, 2012   Link

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