It's a series of bars, thrift stores and churches lining the streets
While women with gold crosses push kids into half-formed beliefs
If Lot was righteous, I think I'd rather not be
We lean on fences built from out-dated morality
It's a gang mentality
It's a dangerous thing
They don't ask you to think, just to repeat after me
And assume you're too careless to look at it critically
You'll stop progress if it contradicts what you're told to believe
I refuse to spend life on my knees

These billboards that flaunt these scare tactics
Make me think you're only good if you're afraid of being punished
Every single Sunday, church bells wake me up
But it's never enough to pull me out of bed

The church on Main Street has got its doors painted red
And I guess it's so the Angel of Death passes over it
On its way to get gas
The church over on Broad Street has got a neon sign that says Jesus Save Me
And I guess it's so God can see from where he is in the cheap seats
I refuse to spend life on my knees
And I won't let somebody else make my decisions for me
If we're all just Christians or Lions
Then I think I'd rather be on the side with sharper teeth
I don't need saving


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11

I Won't Say the Lord's Prayer song meanings
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    Song MeaningExplanation:
    "I've noticed that a lot of people, especially in our area, are super adamant about their religion, but when questioned about most aspects of it, don't have any answers. They're content to wear their gold cross and vote with whatever the church says, but outside of that, it's a vacuous void. I think religion like that is dangerous in 2011. I think that anything that willfully stands in the way of progression towards curing diseases or equality for everyone is dangerous. I think that anything that has a mentality that their leader is infallible and, as such, provides a path that you must follow, is dangerous. I'm not telling anyone what to believe, but take some time and do some reading. Don't let yourself get bullied into a belief system. Everyone has the right to their faith if they want it–but that's if they want it."
    mariahashearton August 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know what the christian and lions line is a reference to?
    skimflon June 15, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationChristians and Lions is a band from Boston, I think.

    I think this song isn't an "I hate religion or Christianity" song but I think it's Soupy's take on Christianity during his time of depression. I think Soupy is basically saying, "In a time when I needed to get better, I did not turn to religion and I'm glad I didn't because of the 'out dated moralities', the 'billboard that flaunt scare tactics' and the 'gang mentality'."
    joshuadefibaughon June 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe title is another reference to "America" it comes from this passage:

    "My mind is made up there's going to be trouble.
    You should have seen me reading Marx.
    My psychoanalyst thinks I'm perfectly right.
    I won't say the Lord's Prayer.
    I have mystical visions and cosmic vibrations.
    America I still haven't told you what you did to Uncle Max after he came over
    from Russia."
    ChrisFeelsRighton November 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn 1 Peter 5:8, Satan is referred to as a lion (Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.) Here, Soupy explicitly rejects religion opting for "the side with sharper teeth" in order to avoid the absurd morals of Christianity. Others have claimed that Soupy isn't explicitly rejecting religion and its negative impacts on society, but those claims are ridiculous. This song is pretty straightforward.
    tlittle016on February 21, 2014   Link

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