"The Philosophy Of Loss" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray and Emily Ann Saliers....
On the night they killed Faye Tucker
I was gambling away my last dime
Yeah, well I pulled down the lever
And I sent up a prayer
That my luck would not be denied
My luck would not be denied

So roll out the head of Faye Tucker
Yeah, well never you mind what they say
Well, you may be reborn
But it's all just for scorn
And that's what you'll take to the grave
That's what you'll take to the grave

Well, the minister wants you to live now
And the governor wants you to fry
And whatever it was that you thought might occur
Well, they got something else on their minds
They got something else on their minds

If you live, they gonna make you a campaigner
(If you live, they gonna make you a campaigner)
If you die, they gonna make you a grave
(If you die, they gonna make you a grave)
Either way it goes down
(Either way it goes down)
Your life's not your own
And that's why killin' don't pay
(Hey, your life's not your own)
That's why killin' don't pay

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I thought I heard the angels' bells
But they were just the hounds of hell
I thought I heard the angels' bells
But they were just the hounds of hell

What did you learn Faye Tucker?
Yeah, what will you take from this world?
Yeah, well mercy could prove us
But nothing would move us
To rise above just being cruel
To rise above just being cruel

Lyrics submitted by ThePurpleAngel

"Faye Tucker/Sister (Reprise)/Philosophy of Loss" as written by Emily Ann Saliers Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General CommentWow. This is Emily Sailiers' deepest and most poetic song, and that's really saying something. This song is an attack on organized religion and on society as a whole. "We kill just a little to save a lot more" is a common cry against war, but she means so much more. She is saying that as a homosexual she has been made a sacrifice to God by mainstream believers. They are comforted, at least subconciencely, by the fact that there is a bad guy (or girl) with a face and name in front of them, someone going to Hell so they know they are going to Heaven. I am reminded of one of the Bible verses most overlooked by Christians: "Why do point out the twig in your fellow's eye when you fail to see the log in your own eye?" People are unwilling to accept their own faults and instead try to show God the faults of others. This song is a wonderful snapshot of so many people's fears and their means of dealing with that fear. The world would be such a better place if everybody could hear this song and understand that message
    EZEebson December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh, and some of the words in the first verse are wrong, and even though it's subtle, it still changed the meaning of the song. The real lyrics are:

    "Welcome to why this church has died
    in the heart of the exiled from the kingdom of hate'
    EZEebson September 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about gay Christians. Many churches won't accept us. "The doors open wide to all straight men and women but they are not open to me." I grew up Baptist. I love the old hymns and I love God. I am a Christian, and I know that Jesus loves me, but it hurts that I am surrounded by church buildings on every corner but I am not welcome there.

    The line "There are a few who would be true, out of love, and love is hard." Refers to the small number of churches and ministers who do welcome gays. They open their doors in love to all God's children. It is hard because other churches attack them. This line also refers to gay clergy who want to follow their calling out of love for God and for humanity but there are few places that will allow them to serve.
    amymonkeyon July 15, 2008   Link

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