Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Job

is this a prayer? or blasphemy. it's a Morrissey song, the song is great. listen to it, it's called "I Have Forgiven Jesus"

I was a good kid
I wouldn't do you no harm
I was a nice kid
with a nice paper-round
Forgive me any pain
I may have brung to you
with God's help I know
I'll always be near to you
but Jesus hurt me
when he deserted me / but
I have forgiven Jesus
for all the desire
He placed in me when there's nothing I can do
with this desire

I was a good kid
through hail and snow I'd go
just to moon you
I carried my heart in my hand
do you understand?
do you understand?
Jesus hurt me
when he deserted me, but
I have forgiven Jesus
for all of the love
He placed in me

When there's no-one I can turn to with this love
Monday - humiliation
Tuesday - suffocation
Wednesday - condescension
Thursday - is just pathetic
by Friday - life has killed me
by Friday - life has killed me

Why did you give me
so much desire?
when there is nowhere I can go
to offload this desire
Why did you give me
so much love
in a loveless world
when there is no one I can turn to
to unlock all this love
Why did you stick me in
self-deprecating bones and skin
Jesus - do you hate me?
Why did you stick me in
self-deprecating bones and skin
do you hate me? do you hate me?
do you hate me? do you hate me?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Michelle said...

Well, I am leaning towards blasphemy, since Jesus does not desert anyone and he probably "left" this fictional person because he needed to experience or learn something "on his own," while Jesus was really with him all along. However, at the same time, this is something that runs through everyones mind once and a while. Fear of desertion, wondering why God did something that may have led to your own pain..but is this song really supporting this belief? Or is it insulting this slip of faith very sneakily?

5:30 PM

 
Anonymous lauren said...

it points out how a lot of people feel, that God may have left them or deserted them in a time of need. I mean i believe that everything happens for a reason, and that God put's people through pain for a reason. And we may not know what that reason was or is. Like 9/11, why did He kill those people? We don't know.
this is just something i've thought and wondered about. this song puts it exactly.

9:02 PM

 
Anonymous Skye said...

Whatever it is, I think it's beautiful (especially with the music)...it's very raw, especially the last two stanzas; that place in life where you're totally lost and feel alone. The questions in the final verse are really honest and real, and I think a lot of times we feel this way and don't want to; we can't be honest with ourselves because we've been told it's bad to doubt. there are tough times and there are harsh questions to ask...the most beautiful part is being so broken and questioning and realizing later that you were wrestling with God and that he was actually there and you didn't know it; that God is in the questions and the journey and that this feeling of loneliness and desertedness is a path we take and it's actually awesome, especially when you look back on it.

in a word, beautiful

11:45 AM

 
Blogger Grover said...

I understand this, but I really don't..
Maybe it feels a little too familiar..
but I know that it's me, I do that to myself sometimes.

Why did you give me
so much love
in a loveless world,


This is me right now.
thank you for sharing,,

1:21 PM

 
Blogger Grover said...

p.s. I am never ever really mad at Jesus though. hihi

1:22 PM

 
Blogger Cathryn said...

"There is no one I can turn to
to unlock all this love"...this song is incredible. Thank you for posting it, Zach. I love what Skye said, too: "The most beautiful part is being so broken and questioning and realizing later that you were wrestling with God and that he was actually there and you didn't know it." It's so true, but it often doesn't make it any easier to remember that when you're in the middle of the pile of shit life has dumped you into--or even just the messy puddle you've stepped in (it doesn't take a devastating disaster to make you feel incredibly alone).

I think that's huge--that fight to find someone (or even something) to connect with. Erik Erikson, one of the founders of developmental psychology, says that the biggest hurdle young adults (like 20-35) have to overcome is the goal to reach intimacy vs. isolation--we have to find someone to share ourselves with, or it makes us miserable.

It sucks when it doesn't work.

1:13 AM

 
Anonymous Sylvia said...

They say that God makes problems
Just to see what you can stand
Before you do as the Devil pleases
Give up the thing you love...

3:19 PM

 
Blogger Melanie said...

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2:09 PM

 
Blogger Melanie said...

I don't think it is blasphemous. At least it is questioning. Do I think the person's view of Jesus is correct? No. But it is a view of how someone is feeling. Songs often convey feelings, and I think it's probably rather honest. God appreciates honest questioning. It's a place to start. I hope if these were genuine feelings and the author is truly seeking an answer that God will be faithful to supply it.

For some reason "Footprints" comes to mind.

2:10 PM

 

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