Antichrist Television Blues

Album: Neon Bible (2007)
  • I don't wanna work in a building downtown
    No, I don't wanna work in a building downtown
    I don't know what I'm gonna do
    Cause the planes keep crashing always two by two
    I don't wanna work in a building downtown
    No, I don't wanna see when the planes hit the ground

    I don't wanna work in a building downtown
    I don't wanna work in a building downtown
    Parking their cars in the underground
    Their voices when they scream - they make no sound
    I wanna see the cities rust
    And the trouble makers riding on the back of the bus

    Dear God, I'm a good Christian man
    In your glory, I know you understand
    That you gotta work hard and you gotta get paid
    My girl's thirteen, but she don't act her age
    She can sing like a bird in a cage
    Oh Lord, if you could see her when she's up on that stage!

    You know that I'm a God fearing man
    You know that I'm a God fearing man
    But I just gotta know if it's part of your plan
    To seat my daughters there by your right hand
    I know that you'll do what is right, Lord
    For they are the lanterns, and you are the light

    Now I'm overcome
    By the light of day
    My lips are near, but my heart is far away
    Tell me what to say
    I'll be your mouthpiece!

    Into the light of a bridge that burns
    As I drive from the city with the money that I earned
    Into the black of a starless sky
    I'm staring into nothing, and I'm asking you why
    Lord, will you make her a star?
    So the world can see who you really are

    Little girl, you're old enough to understand
    That you'll always be a stranger in a strange, strange land
    The men are gonna come while you're fast asleep
    So you better just stay close and hold on to me
    If my little mocking bird don't sing
    Then daddy won't buy her no diamond ring

    Dear God, would you send me a child?
    Oh God, would you send me a child?
    Cause I wanna put it up on the TV screen
    So the world can see what your true word means
    Lord, would you just send me a sign?
    Cause I just gotta know if I'm wasting my time!

    Now I'm overcome
    By the light of day
    My lips are near, but my heart is far away
    Now the war is won
    How come nothing tastes good?

    You're such a sensitive child!
    Oh, you're such a sensitive child!
    I know you're tired, but it's alright
    I just need you to sing for me tonight
    You're gonna have your day in the sun
    You know God loves the sensitive ones

    Oh, my little bird in a cage!
    Oh, my little bird in a cage!
    I need you to get up for me, up on that stage
    And show the men that you're old for your age
    Now ain't the time for fear
    But if you don't take it, it'll disappear

    Oh, my little mockingbird, sing!
    Oh, my little mockingbird, sing!
    I need you to get up on that stage for me, honey
    And show the men it's not about the money

    Wanna hold a mirror up to the world
    So that they can see themselves inside my little girl

    Do you know where I was at your age?
    Any idea where I was at your age?
    I was working downtown for the minimum wage
    And I'm not gonna let you just throw it all away
    I'm through being cute, I'm through being nice
    Oh, tell me, Lord, am I the Antichrist? Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, Kent, EnglandNeon Bible was the album of the year in Q Magazine in December 2007. I would rank it in my Top 3 of the year too.
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