We were born to sin
We were born to sin
We don't think we're special, sir
We know everybody is
We built too many walls
Yeah, we built too many walls
And now we gotta run
A giant fist is out to crush us

We run in the dark
We run in the dark
We don't carry deadweight long
We send them along to heaven
I carry my baby
I carry my baby
Her eyes can barely see
Her mouth can barely breathe

I can see she's afraid
She can see the danger
We don't want to die
Or apologize
For our dirty god
Our dirty bodies

Now I stick to the ground
I stick to the ground
I wont look twice to the dead walls
I don't wanna wipe a pillar of salt
I carry my baby
I carry my baby
Her eyes can barely see
Her mouth can barely breathe

I can see she's afraid
That's why we're escaping
So we won't have to die
We won't have to deny
Our dirty god
Our dirty bodies


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    "Don't wanna wipe a pillar of salt" = "Don't want my wife a pillar of salt"

    Of course, this song is about the story of Lot. I think it's also a criticism of the hypocrisy of humans persecuting sinners (We were born to sin/We don't think we're special, sir/We know everybody is).

    broke_rock_star77on April 12, 2009   Link
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    I find it interesting that the chorus of The Front Bottoms - Legit Tattoo Gun also mentions "dirty god" and "dirty body" "But I am not a dirty god And I don't have a dirty body"

    coincidence?

    jojojo20on April 25, 2012   Link
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    Someone may have already said this, but this song is literally the escape from Sodom and Gamorha put into song. Like I said in my comment on "Returning to the Fold", these guys don't have anything against religion in general, or Christianity, just when it's abused and used to keep people from thinking freely. In the "Returning to the Fold" comments page, someone posted a direct quote from the lead singer talking about his views on Christianity: Basically, he was raised a Christian and was very active in church when he was a teen. Now, he wants to believe in God, at least in some form, but he feels like all his life he was never "really convinced". So it's not an anti-religious song, because he himself is an agnostic with Christian roots.

    For those of you who don't know the story of Sodom and Gamorha, there was basically this city where everyone was sinning. Many people use this story to justify their hatred towards gays and "Sodomy" but that was only a very small part of their "sinning". They were incredibly cruel to beggars and a major portion of the story revolves around their hatred and mistreatment towards outsiders. Because of this, God destroyed the city, but sparred a man named Lot and his family. Two angels in the form of humans guided them out of the city and told them not to look back at the destruction, but Lot's wife disobeyed and was turned into a pillar of salt, hence the song's name.

    On the band's website the song is the story of a couple who are trying to flee from a fascist government of "Faux-christians". "Faux" means "Fake" or "False", which is evidence that they don't hate Christians per se, just people who use and abuse it for their own agendas

    Sorry for the long comment, but this pretty much sums it up: The song, as well as the whole album, is about a couple fleeing from an unjust government that uses Christianity to oppress the people. This song in particular is ironic in that they're comparing their fleeing from their country to a biblical story where a couple also tries to escape an unjust non-Christian government, so they're trying to say that Christianity isn't the problem, but anytime a government uses an idea to oppress its people.

    Ashlyynon October 07, 2009   Link
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    kickass song and video, check it out on youtube

    maquilad0raon September 04, 2006   Link
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    oh yeah, the song meaning... to me this is about relationships when you're young, "And now we gotta run/A giant fist is out to crush us" and feeling like the world is out to get you and and ohh kids nowadays.

    maquilad0raon September 04, 2006   Link
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    Why hasn't anyone posted anything about this song. It's soo awesome. It's sooo them and I love it. Also the video is wickedly cool.

    iheartindietuneson September 19, 2006   Link
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    Yeah, really, not every song has to have a double meaning and relate to personal relationships. To me, the whole album sounds like pretty straightforward political/religious commentary. Fantastic song though; the whole album is blowing me away.

    Klieserberon October 07, 2006   Link
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    OBVIOUSLY: Genesis 19:23 "The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. (24)Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; (25) And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. (26) But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."

    Anyone who wants to know more should read the story of Lot.

    At the same time, this song explores the human reaction the Bible leaves out.

    artemis_ebbon December 06, 2006   Link
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    Two corrections to add........its "we dont carry dead weight long" not "balls." Also its "she can see the danger" not the "taker"

    Smolten Groveon January 05, 2007   Link
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    is this a reference to the bible story of sodem and gomorha, where the man who is told by god not to look back, but his wife does and is turned to salt. that would make sense.

    faux hauxon January 08, 2007   Link

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