Jeannie's been throwing up all morning.
Poor girl's been so heartsick ever since her boyfriend went to war. Father Cole's done his best to console the girl -- more so than some neighbors deem necessary -- but you just can't measure young love.

Picketing the clinic outside town, Father Cole holds the record for turning twelve girls around. If anybody knows the sorrows of the young woman, it's Father Cole.

But he's been acting out of sorts; that strange sermon he gave accepting termination due to rape. Jeannie's whispered, "She's carrying," but there's one awful catch: her boyfriend's been off in the desert for half a year.

Cole cried, "This simply cannot be!"

She quipped, "Quite the opposite -- I'm hardly the Virgin Mary... and you're no carpenter. So, who will build my home?"

"Jeannie, you're just a kid. You can't conceive such mortal sins. Everything will be alright... what happens in confession stays in the confessional."

So what goes on behind those curtains?

"Jeannie, you're just a kid, you WON'T conceive this mortal sin."

Lyrics submitted by remembermaine

At Conception Lyrics as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commentlolz typo
    remembermaineon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's
    "That strange sermon he gave accepted determination into rape"
    I'm not sure but it's definately sermon
    and I think it it is just "confession", not plural
    Knife2aGunFighton June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand it's "clinic outside of town."
    Knife2aGunFighton June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'But you just cant measure young love.'

    They get in the 'clinic' outside town

    He's been acting out of sorts, 'that strange sermon he gave accepting germination due to rain'
    That is what it says, because...thats what a sermon would actually be about.

    There are other mistakes, but I am sure you will see them when you look again.
    overovermeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinkin' her name would be "Jeanie" not Genie, that's a mythical spirit.

    there are two other minor typing mistakes but whatev thanks for posting this.

    My favourite song on this album I think.
    Ves1011on June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, it sounds like he says "Picketing the clinic outside of town".

    That would actually make sense since there is a very subtle abortion theme running through the song with both the title of the song as well as the very last two lines which could be interpreted as Father Cole telling her that she has to get an abortion.
    truthbealiaron June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJeanie or Jeanne are acceptable spellings.
    I agree that the lyric is 'picketing the clinic', I hear it as that but I'm not sure why I didn't correct it before.
    overovermeon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"More-so than some neighbors see necessary,"

    Should be "deem" necessary

    "germination due to rain"

    Haha, it should be rape. I don't know why it'd be rain. Unless mother nature is planting her seed in you.

    That's all I see for now.
    Gnomicideon June 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure it's "father cole", not "farther cole"
    since that is the correct religious term and it's clearly what he's referring to...
    moonlightson June 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty straight-forward, I think. Father Cole "consoles" Jeanie after her boyfriend leaves by having sex with her which is evident in these lyrics:

    "Father Cole has done his best to console her girl.
    Moreso than some neighbors deem necessary".

    Father Cole has raped 12 girls whose boyfriends have left for war, as Tim writes in these lyrics, and his new sermon implies that abortion is alright if the girl has been raped, because obviously, he doesn't want 12 little kids running around under his name.

    "Jeanie whispers she carrying but there's one awful catch;
    Her boyfriends been off in the desert for half a year."

    Father Cole gets Jeanie pregnant but won't believe it when she tells him. He demands that she have an abortion ("you can't conceive such mortal sins") and that she not tell anyone ("what happens in confession stays in the confessional").
    notabuttmonkeyon June 20, 2006   Link

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