Written in the style of a nursery rhyme, this song takes a dark spin on The Ten Commandments. Moses delivered God's tenets for life and worship to the children of Israel in Exodus 20:1-17. Nilsson shows us how the Ten Little Indians are obliterated one by one as they transgress the commandments:
"One stood looking at another man's wife" - This could actually cover two commandments: Thou shalt not covet (don't lust after something belonging to someone else, including someone's spouse) and Thou shalt not commit adultery (he was thinking about it).
"One took another's goods." - Thou shalt not steal.
"One told a lie about another's best friends." - Thou shalt not bear false witness (in other words, don't lie).
"One thought he'd found another way to get to Heaven." - Thou shalt have no other gods (he thought he could bypass god and still get into Heaven).
"One took another's life." - Thou shalt not kill.
"One pulled his mother down" - Honor thy father and thy mother.
"One little Indian forgot to say his prayers." - This one could possibly break the order to remember the sabbath day, which is supposed to be reserved for rest and worship. This guy went about his own business and didn't keep it holy.
"One took the name of God in vain."- Thou shalt not take the Lord's name in vain.
"One took a liking to a picture of himself." - Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (he turned a picture of himself into an idol).
"One little Indian, Out lookin' for the sun, At six o'clock the moon came out" - Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. In the Jewish tradition, the holy day begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm the following day.
Colt - Arlington, WA