Bended knee
Nine years old
Waitin' for
Just one word!

I was thinkin' of all the things
My daddy told me of
Sin and salvation and
Manhood and dignity

All that time
In the dark
Just one word

I remember the day I stepped
Into the water
My daddy held me in his hands
And pushed my head under
And said

Son I am
So proud.
Just one word

Well I opened my eyes
And my daddy held me in his hands
I looked up through the water
And thought I saw Jesus, and then

Well I threw up my hands!
And I heard, Amen!
And I prayed, sweet Jesus
Don't let me become a backslider!

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Backslider Lyrics as written by Todd Lewis

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    General CommentI don't exactly know what "backslider" means as a word, but the song is about being baptized as a child by his father etc.
    scottpeltzon March 15, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah what musiclovah said is right on. I feel like I could have written this song. I remember being baptized; I remember thinking I saw Jesus when I was a kid; I remember being on bended knee, praying, how it was all so real. I don't claim that religion anymore. To me this song is about being faithful as a child because you look up to your parents and you believe what they tell you about religion, and then life happens and it doesn't matter how real it seemed when you were a kid; it's not real now.
    arctic_tundraon April 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is about the way in which his beliefs were molded by something he experienced as a child. basically how his religious beliefs were formed by his father and that "day [he] stepped into the water."
    and the way that it shaped his beliefs being that he doesn't want to "become a backslider". ok, that's my two cents.
    blogspotsuckson May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA Backslider is someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior, which would be sin. So This song is about him getting baptised and accepting christ when he was younger and he is just hoping that he does not relapse into sin. I would also have to say that i like this song very much...its one of my favorites.
    ThisIsMeon March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the other posts... More specifically, this song seems to be about some kind of baptism... and i personally think its some kind of evil cult or religion. Backslider means going against your religion...

    I think in the song, his dad and others were making him into a backslider, even though it wasn't what he wanted... or at least he regretted it later or something...

    either way, this song rules and it goes along with the album so well, which is a not really straightforward concept album. The album is all based around the main character being an evil guy even though it might not seem that way on the outside and he has a relationship with a girl that makes him go crazy and eventually kill her and maybe himself? Theres really nothing like this out there which is what makes me wish they had made more albums like this.
    windsofchangeon March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about Todd being raised in a christian home and brought up to be a christian to only later on become a backslider; going against what he was brought up to believe in
    musiclovah22on March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sabout drowning someone DUH
    miserablefon September 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with musiclovah.
    raylynnon April 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI agree with arctic tundra but I'd like to add that for me it sounds like fear. Fear to being that backslider. And with that fear instilled into you, you'll try anything to not be one. Being brought up in an ultra christian home, my whole life was church and god and christ and all that. As a joined a cultish organization, that fear intensified until I could see that it controlled my whole life. I'm not longer a christian but I think I can understand those that literally feel the fear of death every minute of their lives if they don't do what they're told. One of my faves for sure.
    davifotoon May 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe subject of this song would later go on to seduce Dusty Springfield.
    braundoon April 18, 2012   Link

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