And now we proudly present
Songs perverse and songs of lament
A couple hymns of confession
And songs that recognize our sick obsessions

Sing along, I'm on the ugly organ, again
Sing along, I'm on the ugly organ, so let's begin

It's no use to keep a secret
Everything I hide ends up in lyrics
So read on, accuse me when you're done
If it sounds like I did you wrong

Our father, who art in heaven
Save me from this wreck I'm about to drown in
Didn't I learn anything
Counting out my sins on rosary beads?
The reverend plays on the ugly organ
He spews out his sweet and salty sermon
On the audience

So why do I think I'm any different?
I've been making money off my indifference
We all pass the hat around
This is my body, this is the blood I found
On my hands after I wrote this album
Play it off as stigmata for crossover fans
Some red-handed sleight of hand


Lyrics submitted by atomicclock, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Some Red-Handed Sleight of Hand Lyrics as written by Gretta Mindy Cohn Clint Frederick Schnase

Lyrics © ROUGH TRADE PUBLISHING, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General Commentthis song is about personal and religious hypocrisy, and the way religion influences how we act and what we do. tim says "there's no use to keep a secret; everything i hide ends up in lyrics", which parallels the catholic ritual of confessing your sins to the father in the confessional box. tim is saying that, as a catholic, he confesses his sins to an anonymous body, but not through confessional, like he was taught, but through his music, to us, his impartial confessor. when he asks "our father, who art in heaven, save me from the wreck i'm about to drown in", and chides himself by asking "didn't i learn anything counting down my sins on rosary beads", he's basically saying that religion as a system of values has failed him, leaving him only with the hope of god's mercy to save him from the mess he's gotten himself into because of his personal failings. the recurring theme of the reverend and the ugly organ illustrates tim's views on personal morality as thrust upon us by the church, an almost sexual relationship where we prostrate ourself before the governing body and are rewarded with a "sweet and salty sermon", which is intended to impregnate us with certain values. however, tim goes on to show how, like the catholic church, he makes his living by parading his values and conflicts before us and passing the hat to us, asking us to pay to partake of his own sweet and salty sermon (which is why he characterizes himself as operating the "ugly organ" in the beginning of the song). the ugly organ itself is an interesting concept, as it fits the characterization of music and sexuality as a delivery system for personal values. organ, of course, is a slang term for a penis, which fits with the action of spewing a sweet and salty sermon on the audiance. the organ as a musical instrument, widely used in catholic sermons to accompany hymns, is a metaphor for how kasher sees his music, almost self-deprecatingly, as passing onto us, the listeners, a set of values and morals. in essence, kasher is telling us that this album is a hymnal for the twisted values he's learned as an adult. finally, kasher uses the condition of stigmata as a metaphor for how this album will be seen by others; as an outward manifestation of inner conflict. i find that interesting, as stigmata is said only to afflict true believers. is kasher stating that he himself is a true believer? and if so, what is he a true believer of? this song is very critical of catholic doctrine and it's influence on personal morality, so is kasher characterising himself as a "true catholic", or as having been fully indoctrinated into the hypocrisy of the catholic church characterized in this song? either way, this song is meant to show how this album illustrates kasher's inner conflicts, shown by being red handed with stigmata, through the sleight of hand that is catholic doctrine: "some red-handed sleight of hand".
    matthewkfon December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me want to dance.
    bobby bon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be the most addictive beat from Cursive. I love all their lyrics.. this is a great introduction, I love the theme of the CD, and how they introduce it through the first track here. Yay "The Ugly Organ" =D
    pandora's boxon June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan extremely good song from an extremely good band...but wheres the rest of the lyrics to this song?
    vacant_skieson June 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti dont have the booklet in front of me but i was sure the lyrics were " he spews out his sweet and salty sermon" and "play it off as stigmata for crossover fans"
    The Starboyon April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song rocks
    man on tvon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyep starboy, you're right...then this song will be the "complete" version
    punkrockchick217on October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is my introduction to how i start my day and when ever I get in traffic I can play them so loud the next car could hear them and try to match their words with the passion and power as they do, but that's too hard to do.
    ryang11r0yon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentamazing "first song" to an album...tim kasher rocks me hardcore
    ryan...isarealboyon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"our father who art in heaven " sounds like id rather rot in heaven
    blinks not gay u ron November 28, 2004   Link

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