People, what have you done
Locked Him in His golden cage
Golden cage
Made Him bend to your religion
Him resurrected from the grave
From the grave

He is the God of nothing
If that's all that you can see
You are the God of everything
He's inside you and me

So lean upon Him gently
And don't call on Him to save you
From your social graces
And the sins you used waive
You used to waive

The bloody Church of England
In chains of history
Requests your earthly presence at
The vicarage for tea

And the graven image you know
With His plastic crucifix
He's got him fixed
Confuses me as to who and where and why

As to how he gets his kicks
He gets his kicks
Confessing to the endless sin
The endless whining sounds
You'll be praying 'til next Thursday to

All the Gods that you can count

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"My God" as written by Ian Anderson

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  • +4
    General CommentTo me...this song isn't about religion or politics...rather the politics of religion. The way man has corrupted the pure and simple message of Christ. Used that "adaptation" to build an empire based of fear, not love.
    abnormltoyon December 10, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningAt one point I started laying tracks to cover this song and then thought better of it.
    I thought that it might be misunderstood.

    My take on it is that Anderson was referring to how we try to make God bend to our wants and needs, likes and dislikes. In other words, 'if you don't like what this part of the Bible says, create your own religious sect or denomination'. Twist what the scriptures say.... dupe and manipulate in the name of God.

    Here's a classic example of the aforementioned and also supports what Anderson had to say about the Church of England. in order to achieve anullment of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII took advantage of the Reformation to kick the Catholic church out of England and then appointed himself as head of the Church of England. The ruling monarch til this day still holds that position. What followed under his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I shows how bloody the Church of England's history is.. Of course, that's no different than how the Romans killed the Jewish Christians and then the Catholics hijacked Christianity and made it into the unholy Roman empire.

    So I think that Anderson is saying that religion is man-made but that he is pro God, pro Jesus and anti-religion--especially abusive religion.
    darksongson November 25, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIan always introduced this song as "A blues for the man upstairs". Its very pro-god, but it criticized the corrupt organized religeon that fixes his image in a way that believing anything else is impossible. people can't formulate thier own opinions about god because they are brought up in thier specific religeon and are taught that "this is the way it is, no ifs, ands, or buts. If you don't agree, you are wrong, and you are going to be nice and warm in hell for all eternity." Ian felt that god was inside of all of us, and we should communicate with Him how we see fit, not how the church tells us.

    Kick ass song, second best flute work in any of their songs behind the solo in Locomotive Breath. This one may even be better. Ian plays the flute so well, that I wish i had known about them about 6 years ago when i had a chance to learn an instrument in grade school.

    Just a tinny little fact, Ian only learned how to play the flute 6 months before the bands 1st album came out.
    WYWHon May 31, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPREACH IT YO! Jethro Tull..was before my dad liked them alot. I started getting really into them not too long ago. This song is probably one of my favs. My band wants to cover LOCOMOTIVE BREATH!
    toddboon September 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood luck with that...two years later..
    anyhow...this song is great..apparently about their discontent with religion as it was in england and everything it was based on....look it up...interesting history...
    RedRavenon November 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about how people have manipulated the concept of god to gain power and control people. The "God" and "He" in this song sounds more like a Deistic god.
    Philadelphia Eagleson January 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat flute solo will blow you away. Make sure you try and maintain consciousness while you listen to it. It's unbelievable.
    knate15on February 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy God is a very touching and personal song. Good music and message on the group's part.

    The Aqualung album is a great achievement. It's kinda ironic how it is Jethro Tull's best album musically and commercially, yet frontman Ian Anderson though that it was a very immature and technically flawed album by his standards. Go figure.
    animal_house210on August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe have all packaged God into a nice neat worshipping place This song reminds us that He is in all people, places and things and the we dont have to be in a particular place to worship Him. Part of the "Aqualung" conceptual album.
    wiclo6on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAqualung is diefinately a pro-God, anti-church album, I will agree to that! This is such a great song, great band, Jethro Tull is very underrated. I love the fact that they have a flute.
    FreddieIsMyIdolon January 27, 2005   Link

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