A breakdown of some of the lyrical references in this song:
"I walk through the valley where the shadow of death is" is taken from the 23rd psalm in the Bible ("Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.")
"But I'll be gone till November" is a reference to 1997 song of the same name by Wyclef Jean.
"My feet don't fail me now" is a runner's slogan popularized by track and field star Bruce Jenner in the 1976 Olympics. Jenner wore the message on a sweat shirt and went on to win the Decathlon. The expression was originally the catchphrase of Birmingham Brown (played by Manton Moreland), the manservant of Charlie Chan in 1930s detectives movies. Like the character of Chan himself, Brown was a racial stereotype. He always uttered this phrase in exaggerated fear when preparing to run from danger. Eminem used the phrase in his song "Lose Yourself
"Wanna see thee more clearly" is taken from "Day By Day," a song sung to Jesus in Godspell
, the 1971 pop musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
"The way Kathy Lee needed Regis" refers to Kathy Lee Gifford, an American TV personality whose career suffered when she left the show she hosted with Regis Philbin.
"Guns, sex, lies, videotape" is a reference to the 1989 cult film Sex Lies and Videotape
directed by Steven Soderbergh.