I want a god who stays dead, not plays dead.
I, even I, can play dead.
I want a god who stays dead, not plays dead.
I, even I, can play dead.
I want a god who stays dead, not plays dead.
I, even I, can play dead.


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    I was listening to this song, uh, under the influence once and I started to think about what he's really saying. "I'd rather not have a god than a god who plays dead, meaning a god who ignores prayers and hopes." The concept of free will and the fact that god can't really intervene makes him powerless and pointless. That makes sense, right? Anyway this song is awesome of course =]

    plastic_sconeson April 16, 2009   Link
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    Werumm is right when he says Nietzsche was NOT a nihilist. Easily mistaken for one, but he was rejected nihilism. And all you out there who think Nietzsche is simply anti-christianity, get a clue. He was anti-christian, but he was also against any conventional morality. If you smugly sit and say I'm an atheist because I believe in the power of science, you are in reality just following one of the many "shadows of God" (a term nietzsche used). So either, this song is about more than Christianity or the Dandy Warhols didn't get Nietzsche either.

    mercury258on May 01, 2008   Link
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    this song is about christianity and how he wants something more. it makes me smile.

    indignityon November 06, 2004   Link
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    How on earth do u pronounce that?

    MunkyManon April 02, 2005   Link
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    It's pronounced kind of like Nitchee. It's named after a famous 19th Century German philosopher, who apparently had a profound affect on the Nazi's (which is a terrible misinterpretation of his work) and Jim Morrison.

    FreakShowloseron April 13, 2005   Link
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    It's either Neetchee or Neetcha. I've heard both, though I think the latter is more correct. Whatever.

    In any case, yeah. It's about Christianity and wanting more. I love the line "I, even I, can play dead." I'm just as powerful as God, considering he doesn't show his face long enough to show any power...

    axdon May 05, 2005   Link
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    The song has strong aural Nazi overtones, especially that strident organ riff. Very scary song.

    bkat004on December 06, 2005   Link
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    There is a famous quote by Nietzsche "God is dead." Nietzsche is famous for being an athiest and a nihilist (to not believe in anything).

    This is a play on that quote. Meaning he wants religion to just go away.

    Relapseron February 01, 2006   Link
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    Actually he wasnt a nihilist, but he believed nihilism was a stage a person had to go thro to overcome himself and grow into the "overman". Nietzsche wasn't valueless, he just thought they needed revamping.

    werummon February 02, 2006   Link
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    fucking insane!

    slinkstersarson March 12, 2007   Link

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