Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me

Don't expect me to cry
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me

Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me

Don't expect me to cry
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me

Jesus, don't want me for a sunbeam
Sunbeams are never made like me
Don't expect me to cry
For all the reasons you had to die
Don't ever ask your love of me

Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die
Don't expect me to cry
Don't expect me to lie
Don't expect me to die for me


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"Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam" as written by Eugene Kelly Frances Mckee

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  • +10
    General CommentThe original of this song is by the Vaselines. The Vaselines did it basically as a way of criticizing religion. The old Christian hymn you all are speaking of is "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam." I don't remember the words to the hymn, as I only saw that song once, but in my opinion, the lyrics to "Jesus Don't Want Me For A Sunbeam" are basically the artist's way of saying "I made mistakes, I learned from them, so don't expect me to feel guilty and don't expect me to pretend to be perfect when we all know I'm not," and also, "don't expect me to sacrifice my happy life for your miserable hypocritical belief system."
    seacreature25on March 19, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General CommentKurt is guilt stricken and is pretty much rejecting Jesus for all the wrong in his life. "Don't expect me to cry, For all the reasons you had to die. Don't ever ask your love of me." He is talking about Jesus' crusifiction and how he won't cry for the reasons HE had to die. Kurt, like many others, was not shown the true reason Jesus died for us. Its easier to blame God for all the pain in the world, than to except his way of life. I know, I know, you're sitting there and saying "if God is so great, why is everything in the world so wrong?" The fact is, that Jesus loves you and me. God made you, made me. He did not "program us to be godly". God gave us a free will. God doesn't owe us anything, we owe him our lives. That's where people go wrong, blaming God and saying He "owes us". Have you ever heard the true word of Jesus Christ? Check out this web-site for more info on this, by far this is the most straight up website that doesn't pull any punches or sugar coats anything. No lie. The most intense experience of you life, just give it a chance and don't go in there with your guard up.
    Jlmmy_Hoffaon July 25, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe meaning "I" find is..

    One who was brought up with religeon, goes down a path in life in which is "sinfull" then fearing his destiny of where he will go when he dies, he Rejects his faith, in other words, telling jesus to go get out of his life, because he feels guilty of his wrong doings .
    Rob_98443on February 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit was done by the Vaseline's first
    tricky_dickon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah... " this was written by the vaselines...this is an old christian song,but...we do it the vaseline's way"
    whitepoetton July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all, why are people saying that nirvana played this song for guilt? This song is a great poem which any athiest like myself can enjoy while I think all my secular thoughts... -_- you can listen to this song for anything or anyone keeping you down, its easy to relate to just like "sappy". Remember, "jesus" doesnt have to come gor us to treat our human brothers with respect and honesty. If you disagree... GOOD! We all have a chioce to think differently. PEACE!!!
    ElRoKET7on January 04, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think you must consider the lyrics within the context of the hymn which inspired The Vaselines to write this.

    I'll be a Sunbeam lyrics;

    Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,
    To shine for Him each day;
    In every way try to please Him,
    At home, at school, at play.
    Refrain:
    A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
    Jesus wants me for a sunbeam;
    A sunbeam, a sunbeam,
    I’ll be a sunbeam for Him.
    Jesus wants me to be loving,
    And kind to all I see;
    Showing how pleasant and happy,
    His little one can be.
    I will ask Jesus to help me
    To keep my heart from sin;
    Ever reflecting His goodness,
    And always shine for Him.
    I’ll be a sunbeam for Jesus,
    I can if I but try;
    Serving Him moment by moment,
    Then live for Him on high.

    I sung Hymn # 137 with the lyrics as written by Nellie Talbot as a child. I was 30 years of age when Eugene Kelly and Francis McKee unleashed this version. 30 more spins around the sun and it remains relevant.

    Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam. You are excluded.

    Sunbeams were never made like me states that you are different.

    Don't expect me to cry,
    For all the reasons you had to die.

    Religious belief has it's expectations. This rejects the premise of the hymn which becomes a statement of promise to be a good little Christian.

    Don't ever ask your love of me is a reaction to the rejection of the first line. To belong requires you to conform and you have drawn your line in the sand.

    Don't expect me to cry
    Don't expect me to lie

    More expectations. More rejection of the constraints of religion.

    Don't expect me to die for me

    The final line is quite intricate. Clearly a comment on the Christian belief that Jesus died for our sins, it would indicate that Jesus becomes part of our person. Logically, a part of you must die for your own benefit. It becomes a rejection of suicide.

    Kurt Cobain was a fan of The Vaselines and it was a mark of respect when he performed this song on MTV Unplugged in 1993. His suicide a few short months later becomes quite ironic with respect to that final line. No doubt, he was a spiritual person although he was in conflict with conventional religion. The MTV performance was not his last. That came in Munich on March 1, 1994. Nearly 25 years have passed and we still have not come to terms with the message he carried. The meaning of this song becomes personal. The lyrics haunt me as they should. I am not nearly as familiar with The Vaselines as I am with Nirvana, perhaps that is my own fault. They still become part of the evolving story of this song which reaches back to Nellie Talbot and becomes part of the fabric of my own beliefs.
    Hactaron November 12, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkurt didn't change it
    tricky_dickon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, he's right. Why is it even here.
    cufktishsips13on May 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIts a cover he did from The Vaselines's song. The band members The Vaselines were friends of his.
    Darekaon June 19, 2002   Link

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