"Kiss Me, Son Of God" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Called the blood of the exploited working class
But they've overcome their shyness
Now they're calling me Your Highness
And a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"

I destroyed a bond of friendship and respect
Between the only people left who'd even look me in the eye
Now I laugh and make a fortune
Off the same ones that I tortured
And a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"

I look like Jesus, so they say
But Mr. Jesus is very far away
Now you're the only one here who can tell me if it's true
That you love me and I love me

I built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
Called the blood of the exploited working class
But they've overcome their shyness
Now they're calling me Your Highness
And a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"
Yes a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"


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"Kiss Me, Son of God" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General CommentWhile I'm all in favour of intelligent debates talking about the problem with mainstream religions, I think this song is more specifically about an individual with power, whether it be religious or political (JFK was revered as a "man of God", but was not a priest). This person is loving the power he has, and is building his empire (possibly profits) from the hard work of those beneath him.

    By the way, the song was written years before GWB was in office. It was on the album Lincoln, which was released in 1989, which I think was shortly before Dubya's Daddy took office, so the song was likely written when Regan (RIP) was in charge.
    UglinessManon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really don't think this song is about religion. It seems to me to be more about a person in power either in a totalitarian or facist government, or possibly a corporation. The "son of god"reference is simply to show the ego and narcissism of the subject.
    LucklessPedestrianon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a critique of corporatism and greed. I just saw a TMBG show and John Flansburgh said he was a bit of communist, and that makes sense here. The speaker of this song dismisses the "exploited working class" which Communists are wont to dwell on. It's not about a religious figure per se, but it is a satire about society's religious-like devotion to successful corporations.
    reubencoon November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe nobody else has posted on this song. It's such a funny, interesting piece of work. I think (though people will argue) that it's a critique on religion in general. Or religion could be a metaphor for consumerism. People comsume products like it's the basis of their lives. What does everyone else think?
    LittleBriddieon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty straight forward lyrics here, not the usual cryptic prose of tmbg. Written first person from gods point of view moking organized religion and the very nature of god.....great tune
    c.fon March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song! okgo does an awesome cover of it, also.
    1thatuwreckedon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Communism. Or maybe the old Monarchies where the kings and queens claimed they were ordained by God. Anyways...

    "built a little empire out of some crazy garbage
    Called the blood of the exploited working class" - The leader built the empire by using the working class at their disposal through war, labor, whatever.

    "But they've overcome their shyness
    Now they're calling me Your Highness
    And a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"" - The people revere the leader as royalty or divinity.

    "I destroyed a bond of friendship and respect
    Between the only people left who'd even look me in the eye
    Now I laugh and make a fortune
    Off the same ones that I tortured
    And a world screams, "Kiss me, Son of God"" - The leader becomes corrupt and cares only about their own comfortable lifestyle and their power. Everyone else in the government fears the leader. The leader now uses the poeple only for money and wealth.

    "I look like Jesus, so they say
    But Mr. Jesus is very far away" - The leader uses "divine right" to rule but secretly admits it's not true.
    "Now you're the only one here who can tell me if it's true
    That you love me and I love me" - The vanity of the leader thinking everyone loves him and how he only loves himself.

    Anyways this song is way cool!
    4MeClarityIsHeavenon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep2u 4mcish
    Mr. Baconon April 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like to imagine that this song is about Paul. But then again, I really don't like Paul.
    Archaia Sophiaon May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome observation LucklessPedestrian. I feel exactly the same way. When I first heard this song I thought of Wal-Mart. It'd be cool to see some sort of parody/documentary style music vid of the creator of Wal-Mart.
    mGorillaon August 26, 2007   Link

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