Here the man draws the line for separation.
(Old Vision).
Watch the man build up his walls for isolation.
(You make division).
Walk no mile,
I'm sick and tired,
of all the cowards at the radio station.
No cathartic plot to thicken,
to quote the vernacular,
I'd say that you're chicken.
We're going nowhere,
and it's happening fast,
a dim future,
and a darker past.
Somewhere away from here,
from past mistakes they often learn,
at Fahrenheit 451,
you close your doors and let it burn.
Pharisees in the church,
time to take a vacation.
Pharisees think the world comes to them for salvation.
The radio is preaching the candy coated goo,
the record companies and the TV too.
No one rocks the boat,
terrified of trouble,
can't tamper with the walls of their sterile Christian bubble.
It was never your point to get people saved,
you pad yourself with fluff just because you're afraid.
I'm not afraid to point the finger now,
the choir's so used to the preaching anyhow.

Lyrics submitted by ThreeMilesDown

Four-fifty-one song meanings
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    General CommentThis song appears to me to be about challenging the snobbier leaders in the church to get off their high horses and actually minister. Reese has a tendency to write songs that challenge those who are not living up to Christian standards. This song to me is just an example of his fearlessness to call out wrongs as he sees them.
    crovax873on March 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti just found out that paper burns at 451 degrees farenheight. i think this song is about people just going by the rules in the old testament and not personally knowing God
    steveo77on June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really seems to be about poeple who dont want any excitement in the way they worship, who just go to church and sit. They dont want to accept change in their boring lives.
    mrbuhuon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song also follows the song "Farenheit" on the album, which is a clever nod to the movie "Farenheit 451", which was a movie about censorship and burning books.
    Slickskaon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat movie was first a book. So the song follows the BOOK.
    Pift_skaon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe book is one of the best books i have ever read. this song is one of the best songs i've heard. it is my favorite off of all the hype
    timmy_tantrum2000on March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be more about outreach. Everyone's "preaching the candy coated goo" and busy being all phariseeical about rules & regulations, and no-one's actually fulfilling Jesus' command to go out and make disciples of all nations.

    "the choir's so used to the preaching anyhow" - go out, make a stand for the true, unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ! Get out of you "sterile Christian bubble" and dont just "close your doors and let [the world] burn"! The world is dying - do something about it today and share Jesus' love with someone who doesn't know.
    OnDistantShoreson October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always took this song as a call to arms to the Christian music industry. To stop making songs exclusively for those that have been saved and to begin reaching out to the world. To quit worrying about profit and put your faith in Christ.
    Natecoreon April 29, 2009   Link

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