Friday, April 09, 2010

Broken Family Band: Walking Back to Jesus 
from the CD "Songs About Jesus" (2004)

Mother O'Jesus

England's now defunct Broken Family Band sound more like they should've emerged from Athens GA. Their music jangly and poppy like REM...let's say early REM as it is a bit more raw than pop. I like this song because it reminds me of a time in my life when I had explored a bevy of alternative religious landscapes and ultimately came back to Christ as the answer. Yet I still had a lot of questions. Growing up Catholic and having an interest in Goth culture I had my share of Jesus candles and prayer cards with various blessed virgins on them. When he sings "Mother Mary will you hold my hand" it makes me think of them. When you first make that step back towards faith there is this hesitation. That is what I feel in the line "But you know that I don't fell his love as deeply as you do."

LYRICS


Here I go again, holding on to you
I shoulda brought a length of rope
So I could hang myself out to dry
My eyes are so wet

We're walking back to Jesus
But you know that I don't feel his love as deeply as you do
He could have saved my family
At times I think you just forget

Mother Mary will you hold my hand
And say it's alright now
Father God will you touch my head
And say it's alright now
If it is, if it is

Your hand across my mouth could be useful now
Oh, you should have got me bound and gagged
Or beaten, doped up and confused
I shouldn't say such things

We both know where we're going
So it's not like you need me to shoot my dirty mouth off
Jesus let me down and I should take it up with him

Mother Mary will you hold my hand
And say it's alright now
Father God will you touch my head
And say it's alright now
If it is, if it is

I'm not your only son
But I'm equal to whichever one you compare me to
And I'm not your only son
But I'm equal to whichever one you compare me to

So here I go again and I'm holding on to you
I shoulda brought a length of rope
So I could hang myself out to dry
My eyes are so wet

We're walking back to Jesus
But you know that I don't feel his love as deeply as you do
You could have saved my family
At times I start to think and then I just forget

Mother Mary will you hold my hand
And say it's alright now
Father God will you touch my head
And say it's alright now
If it is, we all wanna know if it is

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