"Eye Of The Needle" as written by and Neil Hannon....
They say that you'll hear him
if you're really listening
And pray for that feeling of grace
But that's what I'm doing, why doesn't he answer?
I've prayed 'til I'm blue in the face

The cars in the churchyard are shiny and German
Distinctly at odds with the theme of the sermon
And during communion I study the people
Threading themselves through the eye of the needle

I know that it's wrong for the faithful to seek it
But sometimes I long for a sign, anything
Something to wake up the whole congregation
And finally make up my mind

The cars in the churchyard are shiny and German
Completely at odds with the theme of the sermon
And all through communion I stare at the people
Squeezing themselves through the eye of the needle

Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by TheBluestCrowe

"Eye of the Needle" as written by Neil Hannon

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    General CommentThis song describes the internal struggle of someone looking for fulfilment in the Anglican religion (not Catholic -the writer is the son of an Anglican bishop).

    To my mind it's about the distance between Church-ianity, affluent and mostly lifeless, and the message of Christ who said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.

    It's also about the struggle to believe in God at all...
    ShineYouDiamondon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentseems to be about god's apathy towards mankind, as well as (in the chorus at least) how catholics contradict some aspects of Christian dogma.
    pumkinhedon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor me this is a song about the hypocrisy of Christian identity in the western world.

    The opening lines is clearly commenting on someone calling out to God for help and receiving nothing in return. The chorus comments on the luxury cars parked in a Church yard, that are at odds with simple Christian teachings of giving much to those less fortunate.
    According to wiki - there is a line in the bible about the eye of the needle ' It is easier, in fact, for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God.' Mat. 19.24 and Mark 10.25
    TheBluestCroweon July 10, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThankfully the Bible says "easier" and not "impossible". Riches can bring "a snare" to quote 1 Timothy 6:9, "But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition". And again in 1 Timothy 6:10, "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows". LOVING money is the problem though money in itself where used appropriately and unselfishly can bring blessing to others.
    robertcousinson July 02, 2015   Link

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