[What will people think
When they hear that I'm a Jesus Freak?
What will people do
When they find that's it's true?]

Separated, I cut myself clean
From a past that comes back in my darkest of dreams
Been apprehended by a spiritual force
And a grace that replaced all the me I've divorced

I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wiggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said
Cause I had to match the rhythm
Of his belly with my head
'Jesus Saves' is what it raved in a typical tattoo green
He stood on a box in the middle of the city
And claimed he had a dream

What will people think
When they hear that I'm a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it's true
I don't really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain't no disguising the truth

Kamikaze, my death is gain
I've been marked by my Maker
A peculiar display
The high and lofty, they see me as weak
Cause I won't live and die for the power they seek

There was a man from the desert with naps in his head
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke made the people assume
There wasn't too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face
They thought he was strange by the locusts he ate
The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak
Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak

(repeat chorus 2x)

People say I'm strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger
People say I'm strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger

(repeat chorus 2x)

What will people think
[What will people think]
What will people do
[What will people do]
I don't really care
[What else can I say]
There ain't no disguising the truth
[Jesus is the way]

Lyrics submitted by kevin

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  • +2
    General CommentIgnorance is defined as a lack of knowledge and/or education, God's word says his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. He also tells us the bible is the infallible word of God, in fact, the highest form of education. But like any knowledge that might be attained, unless applied it's useless to you. As for religion's gift being intolerance, that's an amusing little quip and in a way you're right. Some RELIGIONs do feed off the disapproval of others (satanism, atheism for two)
    but a true relationship with Jesus Christ is it's own reward. In fact the thing that makes many people run from God is a fear of what other people think. It's not that you decide that you just love to shock people by proclaiming your'e a "Jesus Freak" it's that you realize people are just that-people. They hold no bearing on your eternal soul, nor do they have nearly as much knowledge and power as the living God. This song is an inspiration to me. It reminds us that we can make fun of ourselves and even take pride in being "Jesus Freaks",
    we love our Lord and we know he'll never leave us, he's always there in good and bad, and I pray that OwnPersonalDemon might someday see that and quit hiding behind the smug self-righteous blanket of Godlessness, and realize we are only truly strong when we allow ourselves to be weak in His presence.
    LaurenBon February 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey...I agree with Lauren and I think she gave a very good defense of what this song is actually saying and of the love that God has for us that he showed through Christ.
    mabeson February 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSince this is a website dedicated to individuals’ interpretations of particular songs, I’ll try to keep my comments to the song itself and DC Talk in general., leaving Religion, Evolution , and textbook definitions of words aside.

    The song is simply the three singers/song writers’ declaration of their faith. At the time it was written the term ’Jesus Freak’ was used to insult Christians. The guys simply took and made it a positive thing saying “yeah, we are Jesus Freaks and we don’t see anything wrong with that”. The song doesn’t condone bombing abortion clinics or the persecution of others for following other religions or et cetera. It simply states that they choose to follow a particular religion, Christianity, and are not ashamed of it.

    Now as far as DC Talk as a band is concerned, with my personal beliefs aside, I’ve seen nothing but love and compassion pour out of these guys for as long as I can remember (Their first album I heard was Nu Thang released in 1990). Though yes, some people misuse the label of “Christian” and shed a bad light on a very large group of people, Toby, Michael, and Kevin, set a very positive example for young Christians or non-Christians observing the religion.
    jolietjakemcflyon December 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat if people do find out I'm a Jesus freak? This song just goes to show that it doesn't matter what other people think.
    cereal.killeron January 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd like to say a few words to Lauren. I am an atheist but that does not mean I disapprove of or look down on others, and the fact that she says so just means that SHE has her own prejudices. You shouldn't be taking a moral highground if you can't live up to it. P. S. I went to a religious school so I know what I'm talking about
    merakon February 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know a lot of atheists who like to look down upon other religions and criticise it. Often, should the topic start, they will eventually try to push their atheists views on me and question my religion in an unpleasant tone. They get heated up quite easily and some of them will seem to get personal. I didn't say that all of them are like that, but there quite a number among those I know. Also, the target is always christianity, never any other religion. Then again, perhaps it's just that christianity does the most evangalising and somewhere along the line, someone took it personal.
    However, for some reason, I do feel that many times, in their questioning, they are actually hoping to be proven wrong and want to know more about christianity.
    MatthewPngon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know this says what does this song mean to you, so I will first fill it in quite briefly! I think it is a great song, and more people should join together to create groups like this. But what I'd really like to say here there are few atheists in foxholes! What I mean to say is that there are people who are truly atheists (I am not one of those nor do I ever expect to meet one) but to be a true atheist you must truly know what you are disagreeing with. Therefore to be an atheist, you must be just as informed if not more informed than most Christians. Also you would not celebrate Holidays such as Easter and Christmas, do you really know any people that fall under that category? I believe with the right influences anybody can become a believer, and any "atheist" that gets heated up over an argument probably is doing so because they are running out of comebacks, therefore they really don’t quite know what they are arguing about. I’m not saying that I’m perfect and could explain all of my beliefs, but I do know enough to explain my beliefs without getting upset. P.S. and merak, I’m not going to bash anything that you say here, because you do seem like a very nice person and all, but I remember a time when I was like that (last year due to the fact that I’m only 16) and I know I am much happier now after the changes that I’ve seen in my life since becoming a believer, everything seems to be going much smoother and nicer!
    Brad_Aon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, well obviously everyone is going to have a different opinon about what this song means to them, but it has a simple message that everyone should hear. It's saying for everyone that there is nothing wrong with knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and that anyone that believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior should never ever be ashamed of it. If you just listen to the chorus, it says it right there:
    "What will people think when they hear that I'm a Jesus Freak, what will people do when they find that it's true, I don't really care if they label me a Jesus Freak, there aint no disguising the truth."
    This is a song about not being ashamed of knowing the truth in life and that we should have a sense of pride in knowing what the real truth in life is, and by the way, "merak" I also know what I'm talking about, my Father is a pastor.
    Tydogg42on April 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you Tydogg42, that is a great explanation! I believe that DC Talk is such an awesome band. I actually went to see them at Boonaduches, an experience that i will never ever forget! And to "Merak", whoever you are, if you do not know the light and the truth, then your words are just pointless.By the way, i am an a trained officer in a christian club in college, so i know what i am talking about. God is #1 and without him, without faith, we are nothing.
    conspiracynsuon April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed.
    supachikon April 27, 2002   Link

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