A monk with a hard-on
And a lavender robe
That scratches his thighs
Through the hat that he strode
As he follows a path
Filled with every desire
And mimics his footsteps
And sets his prayers on fire.

Well I too have chosen
That which left no choice
To sing without loving,
A solitary voice,
To observe with passion
Each careful denial:
The protrusions which give my life meaning
For a while.

Sometimes I see you in berries and weeds
You're brushing your teeth with liquorice seeds
Standing too close,
Pulling your clothes,
Smiling at god
And the meaning of life grows.

No and I'll never tell
And I'll never know
What candles you light
After the show
And I'll never tell,
And I'll never ask
The meaning of life after mass.

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"Altar Boy" as written by Rickie Lee Jones

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    General CommentAbout people -like my aunt- who go to church every week then go home to beat their kids or smoke a few.
    Lobsteron March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, some terribly wrong lyrics:
    "That scratches his thighs for the height that he strode, as he follows a path filled with every desire..."
    For the height that he strode... climbing up the mountain to the altar.
    I personally identify with this song. I think this song is talking about the people who are a part of a religion without their heart being a part of it. "A monk with a hard-on" already shows that the man is not completely into his religion. He's following a path filled with arid desire. He sings without loving... Anyway, the protrusions from his own religion, his denials... they give his life meaning. Haha, i'm just spitting back the lyrics. Well, anyway, you get the hint =)
    eelsfreakon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its about all those preists that are sick freaks that raped the alter boys. probably not but its just a thought. Those sick bastards.
    nonnycrieson February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust a note - song is originally by Rickie Lee Jones.

    I think "protrusion" is the key word of this song. Something that bulges outward or stands out from the surface.

    I think it's about the things that turn us on and keep us going, things that we might never admit to anyone else, thoughts and desires we never act on but nonetheless entertain in our darkest corners. And in some cases may even inspire us.

    Those last seven lines are perfection.
    42 stepson July 26, 2006   Link

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