"Religion" as written by Keith Levene, John Wardle, Paul Lawrence, John Lydon and James Walker....
Stained glass windows keep the cold outside
While the hypocrites hide inside
With the lies of statues in their minds
Where the Christian religion made them blind
Where they hide
And prey to the God of a bitch spelled backwards is dog
Not for one race, one creed, one world
But for money

Do you pray to the Holy Ghost when you suck your host
Do you read who's dead in the Irish Post
Do you give away the cash you can't afford
On bended knees and pray to lord

Fat pig priest
Sanctimonious smiles
He takes the money
You take the lies
This is religion and Jesus Christ
This is religion cheaply priced
This is bibles full of libel
This is sin in eternal hymn
This is what they've done
This is your religion
The apostles were eleven
Now there's a sod in Heaven

This is religion
There's a liar on the altar
The sermon never falter
This is religion
Your religion

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"Religion" as written by John Lydon James Walker

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  • +1
    My OpinionIt's easy to dismiss art from 30+ years ago as being cliche or boring but such generalizations are grounded in ignorance. At that time, it WAS VERY shocking. We have the benefit of living in a time when such things are now much more acceptable to express.

    Many people need to indulge in a bit of art appreciation to understand these things.
    gregorybrianon June 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah but get above the clichedness I am a practicing Catholic but I think Johny has a point the church does seem a bit iffy what with its crazy rules and laws. Great bass line in this song to.
    Cpt-Sensibleon October 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe music in the song is lovely.

    Whether or not you think its just another antireligion song, to me it sounds like Mr Lydon is earnestly trying to express himself... This was record before tool's countless antireligion songs and up to this point it wasnt that common.

    I think every subject matter has been covered in songs but its about how you express your view. Lydon does it quite well.

    I am not antireligion but i think he makes some good points.

    "Do you read who’s dead in the Irish Post"
    SaladFingerson June 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think Johnny's talking about a church with 12 people, he's more talking about the "hypocrites who hide inside" - church administration and so on. Brilliant song.
    DrLorenzoon October 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd how common was anti religion songs at the time too Static? Whatever, its a message that can't be expressed enough, especially these days, even if Christianity gets the brunt of it

    The lyrics are a bit obvious sure, but the pulverizing round & round beat, the same chord sequence for 5 minutes straight & Rotten's priceless, jagged delivery- Its like he's conducting a sermon of his own,using repetition & sonic overkill to beat it into our thick, thick skulls. This coulda been a bitchin Pistols track
    Hungryforalynchinon May 05, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYawn, another anti-relion song. These got old after Bad Religons first album. Not to mention Religon isnt really "after your money" when they donate it off to poor organizations and they are hardly getting by. call them pigs and shit, why dont you go out to the counrtyside to a church with 12 people and see how "they are after your money".
    Staticburn89on March 18, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYawn, another stupid child. How could songs like these get old if it came out like four or five years before Bad Religion released their first album?
    APigInACageon September 13, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwell, it was actually 2 years before bad religions first album. "PUBLIC IMAGE" came out in 78.

    However my main point is anti-religion songs are cliche and just get old. its not much of a topic to sing about, even in 78.
    Staticburn89on September 13, 2005   Link
  • -2
    General Commenti would like to retract my praise for the music. turns out that was a remix by kid loco.
    SaladFingerson June 04, 2006   Link

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