"Holy" as written by and David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan....
While you read to me from the right, act way on high, high
Clutching a crisp New Testament, breathing fire, fire
Will you save me the fake benevolence, I don't have time, I'm
Just too far gone for a-tellin', lost my pride, I don't mind

Being holy, so leave me alone
Aw, you're acting all holy, me, I'm just full of holes

Well I can dip my head in the river
Cleanse my soul, oh
I'll still have the stomach of a sinner
Face like an unholy ghost
Will you save me all the soliloquies
Paid my fines, I'll be
Gone before my deliverance
Preach what you write, 'cause I don't mind

Being holy, so leave me alone
You're acting all holy,
Me, I'm just full of holes, full of holes

Don't mind being lonely, so spare me the brimstone
Acting all holy, when you know I'm full of holes
Don't mind being lonely, don't need to be told
Stop acting so holy,
I know I'm full of holes, full of holes

I don't mind being lonely, so leave me alone
Are you, oh, so holy, that I'll never be good enough
Don't care if I'm lonely, 'cause it feels like home
I won't ever be holy, thank God I'm full of holes, full of holes

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"Holy" as written by David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan


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    General CommentA somewhat rebellious rejection of religion and evangelic preachers.
    Cyberghoston March 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me its about a guy who has given up on love, while people constantly tells him to find a partner. They are acting all holy, tells him about the greatness of marriage, and try to pressure him. But he knows he is broken, 'full of holes', 'not good enough', so he is not ready. Loneliness has felt like home and he is glad he's single and not like them, sucked in relationships. Btw: I love the slow alternate version of this song!
    JianniBon April 03, 2013   Link
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    General Commentdoesn't necessary have to be a religious song in the common sence.
    maybe he uses it as a metaphor.
    telling someone or a group of people, that he doesn't wanna act as if he is all perfect and "holy".
    he doesn't want to "preach" to other people, as in telling them what to do better and what is best for them.
    he accepts who he is and stands by it. minding his own business in that subject. ...but annoyed with the people who have to act like they're holy and know everything better.
    LarryRainon October 07, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about two people in a relationship, as are many FR songs. He's talking about how someone wants these things (new testament) and is being 'nice' to get them (fake benevolence). Because he's still in this shit of a relationship, he's lost his pride.
    He wants to be alone, and is cynically saying that everything he does is wrong whilst everything his partner does is perfect and holy.
    Regardless of what he does, however, he will always have this part of him that is "a sinner" and he can't escape this, but he still wants to get out, despite how damaged he is.
    He wants to be "spared the brimstone" and doesn't want to kick up a fuss, he just wants out and to be alone and happy for a while.
    jpecimageon March 17, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe lyrics reminds me of an uncle approaching me at my cousin's wedding inquiring as to why I haven't gotten married yet, and why my sisters haven't married yet either? He's quite certain there is something wrong with us, and we must be "bad catholics" for it. When honestly, it's none of his business or concern. I know I am not perfect, but nor is he. Have I made some "bad decisions?"... definitely. But we should be able to make our own choices in life for our own reasons. And maybe it's not conforming to what others might expect of us - or what our religion might expect - but life's short and ultimately we should do what makes us happy.
    Lisaskywalkeron November 06, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song speaks to me on a personal level too. I'm in a long term relationship and I'm perfectly happy with my life, but I love nothing more than spending time on my own, I treasure being with myself. People seem to find it so strange.

    "Don't care if I'm lonely, 'Cos it feels like home." - that about sums it up. I never feel more popular than when I'm alone.

    I know it's strictly not official meaning, but it speaks to me in that way.
    tommyhaychon December 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sung from the perspective of a man who is fed up with his relationship. He believes that his partner has put herself on a pedestal and instead of accepting him for who he is, is now preaching that he must become something else more like her expectations.

    The singer is stating that he can never be that person, as he is full of holes and she knows that. He says he would rather be alone than around someone who can't/won't accept him- "I don't mind being lonely, so leave me alone. stop acting so holy, when you know I'm full of holes".

    At the end, in final fuck off to his partner, the singer relishes the flawed person he is, states he can never be what she wants, and embraces his holes. "I won't ever be holy, thank god I'm full of holes"
    owljohn105on August 10, 2018   Link

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