"The Fleecing" as written by and David Shannon Bazan....
Deep green hills whose shoulders fade into thick grey
Tall wet grass whose flesh makes fools of grazing sheep
Whose fleecing makes a fool of me
Who shall I blame for this sweet and heavy trouble for every stupid struggle I don't know

I could buy you a drink
I could tell you all about it
I could tell you why I doubt it and why I still believe
I can't say it like I sing it

I can't sing it like I think it
I can't think like I feel it
And I don't feel a thing
Why I still believe it

Why I need it
And what the pharisees can't see
We'd have more drinks
And speak of so many things
But I don't know you and you don't know me

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"The Fleecing" as written by David Shannon Bazan

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    General Commentexactly how i feel.
    Radio_Waron April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. its my favorite song on the album of achilles heel.

    but i can't say it like i sing it
    and i can't sing it like i think it
    and i can't think it like i feel it
    and i don't feel a thing
    o, no, i don't feel it

    i love that
    bwb909on August 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanother sadisitc, morbid like song, speaking about a regular guys hard times in life and trying to figure himself out.
    Heather200408on March 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI feel like that the past few comments completely miss the importance of the words "and why i still believe it / and why i need it / and what the pharisees don't see." Pharisees were a ancient sect of jews which was reestablished after the destruction of the Second Temple whose beliefs have been the foundation of the several forms of modern Judaism. (see wikipedia for more)

    Knowning that David Bazan is a fervent Christian, and that christianity segments away from judaism on the matter of the appearance of the messiah, IMO the song is about David attempting to a convince non-Christian why he holds true to his religion and Jesus. "Every stupid struggle" seems refer to the strife between religions of opposing view, probably applying to less-modern times.

    Then again, I'm basing my argument on only one, albeit strong, line that might just be a turn of phrase David throws out there from time to time.
    weezologyon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawesome though, i really love how he sings this one so effortlessly, yet with so much yearning and sadness.
    pedro the lion rocks!
    weezologyon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm mostly with weezeology, but I also think that "every stupid struggle" refers more to the pain he experiences within himself, concerning the doubts he has about his faith, and how he (sometimes reluctantly) ignores or looks past these doubts.
    That's how I feel a lot, because there's a lot of generic brand Christianity flowing around the evangelical mainstream. It sometimes makes a person with a more unique faith feel lonely, to the point that they'd go to a bar and talk about it with a complete stranger who might not even care.
    I could also just be projecting. Pedro does rock.
    MyUnderstatedAngeron February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first stanza is an image alluding to Gideon (Christian Bible, Book of Judges). Gideon tested God multiple times through leaving a fleece on the grass and asking God to make the grass wet and the fleece dry in the morning, or the opposite, etc. This was all an excercise in building Gideon's faith to do great things for God. Bazan has a faith where he has doubted and tested God and each time he has ended up more sure of God's existence, "makes a fool of me". The song goes on to point out the futility of explaining his faith. It is a very personal and very strong belief even with doubt, but others are unable to understand personal faith through any explaination. He takes it one step further "I can't think it like I feel it and I don't feel a thing," indicating that he can't even fully explain his faith fully to himself, yet he still believes. Bob Dylan: "Faith doesn't have a name. It doesn't have a category. It's oblique. So it's unspeakable. We degrade faith by talking about religion."
    johnbon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song has always been my favorite song. I'm listening to it right now and i put a connection togehter that i'd never heard before. But i believe that this song is about an ordinary guy live a christ like life, which is what the bible ultimately calls us to do.

    If you ever get a chance to see David Bazan play, take it. It's everything you'd expect from him live.
    Allenderon November 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKeep in mind, at least in the Christian circles I used to travel in, that modern day Christians who worry more about the letter of the law than the grace of God are sometimes derogatorily referred to as Pharisees and in all reality, that makes sense with a guy struggling with his faith considering they'd get this guy on swearing and declare him a heathen for such stupid things as that... and I speak from personal experience, that tends to weigh down on a guy.
    TheFranzXon April 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always really liked this song and felt like I could relate to it. To me, it's basically about having doubts but still maintaining a belief in God. It also touches on how difficult it is to explain to someone, because it is more of a "feeling" than a logical decision...
    I saw David Bazan perform with a backing band last night, and they played this song. I found it a little depressing, but he changed some words to reflect his changed perspective:
    "I could buy you a drink
    I could tell you all about it
    I could tell you why I doubt it
    And why I don't believe it
    And why I grieve it
    And what for years I did not see..."
    KennyBon September 18, 2010   Link

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