Jesus, here lies my brother
Tortured and blown
Stretch for the heavens and go...
I watch him go
Here it comes

Jesus was a poor boy
Jesus was a poor boy
"It's just a spring clean for the May queen"
I'm coming home

And this one's for the life
This one's for the funeral in the rain
And if only for tonight
This one's for the funeral in the rain

The day's gone and the year's gone
And I don't know when I'm coming home
I can't hold on to what I've had
When what I've had
There's nothing left at all...

So this one's for the life
This one's for the funeral in the rain
And if only for tonight
Close your eyes and try to sleep again...

A world away, you turn away
I'm wide awake, and I don't need your home
Tell me why he went, it seems to be
An element to this mystery
It's so cold today, so I get away, and I'm left behind with nothing but words...

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    Song MeaningTaken from a recent interview on the Metal Hammer site:

    "But the most stirring songs on Ocean Machine are those that confront that cruel plane of existence head on. Life, a sonically uplifting rumination on the preciousness of existence, and Funeral, a hymn-like address punctuated with desperate cries, were written following the death of 16-year-old schoolmate Jesse Cadman. On the evening of October 18, 1992, he was senselessly stabbed.

    “He was killed walking home by a group of kids that wanted his hat,” says Devin quietly.

    Though Devin and Jesse weren’t close, Devin was good friends with Jesse’s sister. He also played in local band Grey Skies, of which Jesse was a fan. When it came to organising his funeral, the Cadmans asked Devin to speak in church – something that left an indelible impact on him.

    “I hadn’t experienced death in a tangible way prior to that, so when we went to the funeral and I had to speak, I remember I hadn’t anticipated they were gonna bring the body out, and I just panicked,” he says. “I couldn’t cope with it, and I wasn’t alone in that, either. It was a real heavy time for a lot of people, because it was our first experience with that sort of thing, and it was senseless. It affected my teen years profoundly.”

    Jesse’s parents became involved in youth work and politics, and Devin is moved to learn that his mum, Dona Cadman, has publicly spoken alongside the mother of her son’s killer. “It’s a testament to the parts of the human condition that are worth fighting for,” he says."…
    Thominatoron April 19, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Devin Townsend song. Not only that, but my favorite song by anyone, ever. It evokes feelings that are hard to describe.

    As for the meaning. A little hard to decipher, but I believe it is about a loss of individuality, but not neccessarily by Devin. I think Devin is reffering to his old self as "Jesus." (For most of the song, in the chorus he sings "the funeral in the rain." However, near the end, he says "my funeral in the rain"). Devin "watched him go," seeing his old self leave.

    "Jesus was a poor boy," meaning before the person lost his/her individuality, he/she was poor, but not neccessarily financially.

    My favorite minute of music ever starts at about 4:20 in the song (haha, pot). I'm not sure about "The day's gone and the year's gone," but "Tell me why he went.." seems to be the person not understanding why he lost his former self. It is an element to the mystery.

    This song seems pretty hard to decipher to me, but I think that it is a tribute to a person's former self, the life and "funeral" (death) of it. Or, I could just fuck off.
    manlyloveon August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure Dev posted on Formspring (or something like that) that this song was about the death of a close friend.
    claptonandslashon June 06, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think manlylove is on the right track with one of the meanings. The other more obvious meaning I've gathered from the song is about death. The song deals with concepts such as salvation and death. 'spring clean for the may queen' is a reference to the simple ease and routine dying is for someone. It's also a lyric in 'Stairway to heaven', see what I'm getting at?

    The song appears to be discussing the death of someone, trying for others to accept the death as a natural thing, and the fact that all is left from the person is words. The song also questions the reason for death and seems to ask why Jesus would die, as it's an element to the mystery of death.
    NapalmNewton October 04, 2007   Link
  • -3
    General CommentLed Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
    samwaltonon August 07, 2007   Link

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