In That Dream I Recall
Pieces Of Prisons
I'm Escaping
In The Next Big Religion
I Do The Cross Thing
The Cross Thing
Which Ever Way The Wind Blows
Your Mind In Time I'm Nine
Our Lives Unwind
We Find The Wine Red Or White
Like The Days Fade Away
A Cloud Of Smoke Blurred Eyes
You're Always Brighter In The Daytime
You Fight It After Midnight
It Just Seems To Me
It's Such A Joke Every
New Walk through Life
Just Inherits Christ
You Should Have To Prove Something First
Something First
Prove Something
You're A Godfiend
In That Dream I Recall
Pieces Of Prisons
I'm Escaping
>From A Black Hole I Crawl, I Crawl
Beneath My Halo Emanating T
The Only Proof You Need
Is That You Know
And Today's Way's Divine
Right Brainwashed Overnight
You Shouldn't Have To Lose
Something First
Something First
Lose Something
You're A Godfiend
The New Cult King
Yeah Doing The Cross Thing
The Cross Thing
Can't You See
Why I'm Still...can't You See
Why I'm Still Wondering
If There Is A Dog
Can't You See Wondering
Can't You See Why
I'm Still Wondering
Search For Signs
To Light The Path
Show Me The Way
Savior Send
A Glimpse To Glance
And Renew My Faith
Emerald Meets The Oceans
Blue In A Shade Of Grey
The General Knows
Not What To Do
As Tears Run Down Her Face
Nails Through Hands And Feet
On This Cedar Grave
Atone For Sin
Can This Be
Can My Soul Be Saved
All Alone
I Think Too Much
Need To Believe
In Something Real
Don't Need This Crutch
Because It Just Deceives
Can't You See...why I'm Still
Search For Love
Or War To Restore Disorder
Challenge Me
Once More To Hold
My Head Above Water
Drowning Quick
Flooding In Soaked
Through My Lungs
Judgment Day
The Verdicts In It
Seems The Jury Is Hung


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"The New Cult King" as written by Jeff L. Hetrick Steve R. Felton

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    General CommentYes, this song is definitely about religion. Here's my take on a few of the lines.

    "you're always brighter in the daytime you fight it after midnight" says two things to me. 1) it's easier to believe in religion and all during the day, and at night you start to question it more as you start thinking more deeply 2) during the day you generally conform more to society and religion, while at night youre more likely to rebel, and break laws and such...so by brighter he might be meaning more religious, and fighting it at night means fighting the rules, and trying to break away from it.

    "it just seems to me it's such a joke every new walk thru life just inherits Christ you should have to prove something first" seems to say how much he thinks its all bullshit, because it makes no sense that you can just basically ask for Christ, and not do anything else and he will save you.

    "search for signs to light the path show me the way savior send a glimpse to glance and renew my faith" I think this is saying how he wants to believe and is searching for guidance (hes also quoting scripture here), he just needs some sort of proof.

    "nails through hands and feet on this cedar grave atone for sin can this be can my soul be saved" This obviously refers to Christ on the cross, and how he is wondering if his soul can be saved.

    "I think too much need to believe in something real don't need this crutch because it just deceives" This is saying how religion is just a crutch to help people get through tough times, and doesn't hold any true relevance, and that if you think about it that this will be obvious.

    "challenge me once more to hold my head above water drowning quick flooding in soaked through my lungs" I'm not sure about this part, but I think he is talking about how he's fighting to believe in Christ. How he is going through a lot of pain (possibly dying) yet he's trying not to try to take comfort in Christ because he knows it's not real.

    "judgment day the verdicts in it seems the jury is hung" This seems to be talking about how on judgement day, people will realize that there is no religion to save you, because it's all a lie.

    Well those are my views. I think this is Mushroomhead's best song, but far its deepest, and it has a ton of meaning, much of which I still can't understand after listening to this song many many times. But that's why this music is enjoyable, who wants to listen to punk and pop and rap where there is no meaning to try to understand.
    StoneKnotSiC666on March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "it's such a joke every new walk thru life just inherits Christ" refers both to a) each new generation of Xtians, and b) to the New-Age religions and Satanisms which have borrowed a lot from Christianity (or simply reverse it), instead of coming up with something original. Hence his words "you should have to prove something first": Instead of claiming to correct where 'the others' went wrong in following god, you should base your beliefs on proofs - not just come up with a new interpretation of something which hasn't been proven in the first place (the so-called 'Word of God'). People who just take it for a given that god exists (even if they defy the traditional views of him) or that there is some 'old but lost wisdom' about the one true religion (basically what the neo-pagans believe) - those people he calls "godfiend"s. He pleads that in order to find the truth (a flawless system of belief) you first and foremost have to question everything, and proof everything which is supposed to be a part of true religion. That's why he goes: "Can't you see why I'm still wondering if there is a dog" - it's like: Heck, I don't even know that dog's for real and not some illusion. How then am I supposed to believe in some fuckin' scriptures and metaphysical stories you present me with, or even the revelation that has been given to you by a freakin' angel/demon/visionary dream at your bedside last night? ==> "need to believe in something real don't need this crutch because it just deceives" | He's only relying on himself, religion to him is a most personal thing, it's only between him and the power's that be. So he has to become his own Messiah, since nothing else can convince him. This skepticism of his is probably the hardest path to go by ("can this be can my soul be saved all alone I think too much"), so he call's it "doing the cross thing" - but that's what he has set out to do, even if it means being overwhelmed by a "search for love or war to restore disorder" by pulling down everything he thinks he already knows. This he takes to be god(or whatever might be out there)'s challenge for him: "to hold my head above water" in a sea of uncertainty. However he suffers, and this sea of uncertainty is slowly killing him "flooding in soaked through my lungs". So now he breathes uncertainty, let's it all out in this song. However, he doesn't let himself be led by "lip-service faithful" (as cylent watcher has so nicely put it), as he knows that it's unlikely that any god will let those be rewarded with anything. They are not worthy to judge his beliefs. Instead he has become his own jury, but hasn't figured it out yet so "it seems the jury is hung". He thinks there might come "judgement day" after all, so he doesn't simply dismiss god although he can't truly believe in him. [If I were God, I'd keep the best places in heaven for people like that; people who take religion seriously and search for the truth instead of just following what they are taught by some complacent suckers never questioning anything. But I guess there probably is no god at all and he's gone to all these troubles in vain.]
    Lepra Messiason April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDeath_is_a_phase777:
    Has it ever occurred to you that what your feeling is a simple psychosomatic effect???? Mind over matter my friend, when you believe that dog (lol) has saved you and that you "feel his love" your feeling the effects of saratonin and endorphins! If you say you're being watched over, you have tricked your mind (or your mind tricked you) into getting a feeling of "being watched." And besides how can you say he is wrong? All you believe in is mind tricks and fiction tales. Did you know that the new testament is missing a bunch of books? It's called Apocrypha. The new testament's books were put together merely for political reasons. Nothing more. And btw, a lot of the Bible's stories were taken from older pagan traditions and folklore. And Jesus wasnt the first to die and come back to life after 3 days. It's all happened before. LIES LIES LIES.
    jpr227on April 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentObviously this song is about religion. It means that it's futile to believe in faith. Also I want to say that J. Mann has a badass voice. This song is very reminiscient of Faith no More.
    Fohbasson April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMushroomhead is a great band, they write some of the most meaningful and complex, but yeah heavy lyrics around. I'm suprised that I havent head of them earlier, because I live in Ohio. Mushroomhead is the only good theing to some out of ohio well besides Pill Effect and Fallen Xero
    residential evilon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentheard*
    residential evilon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah religion is the heaviest part of this song, i love Scot Edgell's vocals on this ("in that dream i recall")
    hell_i_call_my_headon May 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe line "it just seems to me its such a joke every new walk through life just enherits Christ you should have to prove something first" is soo true and couldn't have been put better.. to me i guess it just means that ppl believe in Christ or w/e just b/c their parents do and they don't kno any better .. they don't explore other options... and that the Christians or whoever should have to prove that their religion is correct or w/e b4 ppl start believing it in... thats jus muh point of view...
    xDeAdToThEwOrLdxon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont really listen to the lyrics, i love mushroomhead, theyre awsome!!!!
    mudagram50on June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThanks StoneKnot..awesome indepth explaination.

    One of my fav song, and yeah Jefferys Nothing voice in this song is amazing.
    WerdzHertzon April 18, 2003   Link

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