Album: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me (2006)
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  • Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face
    The kind you'd find on someone I could save
    If they don't put me away
    Well, it'll be a miracle

    Do you believe you're missing out
    That everything good is happening somewhere else?
    But with nobody in your bed
    The night's hard to get through

    And I will die all alone
    And when I arrive, I won't know anyone

    Well, Jesus Christ, I'm alone again
    So what did you do those three days you were dead?
    Cause this problem's gonna last more than the weekend

    Well, Jesus Christ, I'm not scared to die
    I'm a little bit scared of what comes after
    Do I get the gold chariot?
    Do I float through the ceiling?

    Do I divide and fall apart?
    Cause my bright is to slight to hold back all my dark
    And the ship went down in sight of land
    And at the gates does Thomas ask to see my hands?

    I know you'll come in the night like a thief
    But I've had some time alone to hone my lying technique
    I know you think that I'm someone you can trust
    But I'm scared I'll get scared, and I swear I'll try to nail you back up

    So, do you think that we could work out a sign
    So I'll know it's you and that it's over so I won't even try?

    I know you'll come for the people like me
    But we all got wood and nails
    Tongue tied to a hating factory

    But we all got wood and nails
    And we turn out hate in factories
    Yeah, we all got wood and nails
    And we turn out hate in factories
    Yeah, we all got wood and nails
    And we sleep inside of this machine Writer/s: JESSE LACEY
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 10

  • Angie from Chino Piggybacking with all the awesome comments, at the end (to me) sounded like how it is at my church when we do a prayer. There's a guitarist playing simple chords in the background. It's like that solo at the end of the song is for the audience to pray to Jesus.
  • Qwas from IsraelConnor - Waldorf, Md i love your way of looking at this song it's beautiful. you made me look at this song in a all other way, thank you:)

    "Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face the kind you'd find on someone that could save" I think these lyrics are a rebellion on how Jesus Christ is just a brand for salvation.
  • Connor from Waldorf, MdThe song is not affirming nor arguing against Christian beliefs but it does reference them heavily. It's all about someone who is dissatisfied with his life ("...everything good is happening somewhere else", "The night's hard to get through", "I will die all alone") and is worrying about what will happen in the afterlife ("...I'm not scared to die, I'm a little bit scared of what comes after"). He's trying to sort out his fear by praying because, if anyone could help, it would be Jesus. He asks Jesus about what happened when he was dead for three days, but he's worried because his oen death will be permanent ("Cause this problems gonna last more than the weekend") At first he imagines good things happening ("gold chariot", "float through the ceiling") but then he realizes it might be bad too ("divide and fall apart") because he's not a good person and his "bright is too slight to hold back all [his] dark". He describes himself as a ship that "went down in sight of land", or someone who died wanting more out of life, and he worries that when he gets to heaven ("at the gates"), Thomas might "ask to see his hands" and see that he was not devoted christian or even a good person. This is when he is finally thrown into panic (you can tell more by the tone of his voice than the lyrics) because he has no idea when his death will arrive ("youll come in the night like a thief") and he is becoming more and more sure that he is a bad person and if he meets Jesus, he's going to try to fight for his life ("I know you think that I'm someone you can trust, but I'm scared I'll get scared and I swear I'll try to nail you back up") This is definitely the emotional climax of the song, as he's directly telling Jesus that he's going to crucify him again. His tone becomes more calm and subdued after this, though, as if what he said just hit him and he starts to surrender a little saying that if he can be sure its Jesus, he won't fight him ("work out a i won't even try"). I think at this point everything comes together in his mind, how he's all alone, how he's full of fear and evil, and how he just told God he's going to try to kill Him. The speaker is finally just utterly broken at the full realization of how disgraceful he is and he tells Jesus, "I know you'll come for the people like me", but almost as if they are his last words, he screams to Jesus over and over that "We all got wood and nails!", trying to explain that everyone has evil and everyone on a daily basis murders Jesus. If you are a believer, then that is something to take to heart.
  • Jssmchh_rawr from Fayetteville, Ncbrand new, is the only band i've ever known, that within the first minute of a song i haven't heard, i am in love. which is weird for me, because it's hard for me to take the time to listen to a song, that starts out slow. like this one. but this song, is quite honestly, the only way to describe how i feel, and how i've felt for a very long time. i've tried to put these feelings into countless songs of my own, but i can never say it as well as this. "well, jesus christ i'm alone again, tell me what did you do those three days you were dead, cause this problems gonna last, more than the weekend" that's saying that he's going through something big, and he wants to know how jesus got through his three days in hell. i heard it when i was fighting with everyone over my boyfriend, and fighting with my boyfriend about everything. and i had no one to talk to, and no one to understand. and i was just like, "okay, where's God in all of this." which is why i love this song so much, because i can relate to it so completely. "i know you're coming in the night like a theif, but i've had some time alone, to hone my lying technique." i think that's saying that, he knows the time is going to come, where he's going to have to defend his actions, and that's okay, cause he's been working on an excuse. "i know you think that i'm someone you can trust, but i'm scared ill get scared, and i swear i'll try to nail you back up" is saying that he doesn't want to commit to anything, for fear that he'll mess it up. "so do you think that we can work out a sign, so i'll know it's you and that it's over so i won't even try." means like, he needs some way of knowing it's the real thing this time, so he won't even try to fight it. "i know you're coming for the people like me, we all got wood and nails, and turn out factories." saying that theres more people like him, and they are all caught up in society, "try to nail you back up" it goes back to that, with the wood and nails part. this song, amazes me
  • Dan from San Jo, CaWhen I first heard this song I was going through a similar inner battle. The aptly titled "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me" was an all too familiar theme; and the theme was most concentrated in this song.
    When life hits you hard, when you're alone, betrayed, and you feel like everything good is happening somewhere else, you begin to question your faith. You refuse to believe there is a God cruel enough to put you through all of this, but then you remember he put his own son through three days of literal hell: "So what did you do those three days you were dead?"
    He's not dissing religion or Christianity like a lot of bands who write about Christ sometimes do, but its also not a hopeful song like a Christian band would write. It's really a song about not knowing what to believe in, accepting that we'll never measure up, and asking what the point of it all is. This song doesn't answer any questions, it raises plenty though. Nearly every lyric ends with a question mark except for the closing melody where he confesses "We all got wood and nails." I think here he means we're all just as guilty for the death of Christ, it was our sins he died for, and we all might as well have driven the spear through his side or bolted the nails through his palms. And if that's so, then we are all very very vile and low, so what's the point of even trying?

    Since the time I first heard this song I've grown and realized the truth is what you make it and this song did not attempt to answer the questions because the devil and God are raging inside him personally, as they are waging a battle inside each of us for our souls. Only you can answer the questions and the answers only apply to you personally. If you want to believe we're hopeless sinners and we should give up, that's what you'll do. But if you want to believe that God knows we're hopeless sinners and he's graceful to look past that as long as we try a little, you'll keep trying. Although the Bible does say that anyone who doesn't measure up to the perfection of Christ on the day of judgment is damned for all eternity (Christ literally tells his disciples to be perfect in Matthew 5:48. He says we should be, because God is perfect )... doesn't say anything about "as long as you try"...
    A passage from Hebrews Chp10
    26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"[d] and again, "The Lord will judge his people."[e] 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
    So sin is pretty serious stuff. The question is not whether God forgives you or not... the question is, have you forgiven yourself enough to try?

    I don't intend to get all religious and Bible-thumper here; I've confessed that I gained all this religious knowledge and went through a long period of questioning; an inner battle, as Jesse Lacey did. I don't have any of the answers, and in this song, Jesse makes the same about himself evident. Believe what you want.
  • Nate from Fair Grove, MoI think this song is more of a questioning than saying we fall short. It's like in the song, "Am I Wrong," where he says his faith is like glass. I think the part where he says he'd nail him back up is the most brutally honest thing in the song. Saying he is afraid he would have doubts about him too. I think it's him trying to relate to a belief while trying to cope with his lonliness, and his feeling of being a weak person. In some parts it's even arguably suicidal. Beautiful and honest song from an amazing songwriter and band.
  • Louise from Newcastle, --I love this song! I've got it called 'Jesus Christ' though. Maybe it was different on the UK release.
  • Stacie from High Ridge, Mowhen he says 'i know you think that i'm someone u can trust, but im scared i'll get scared and i swear i'll try to nail u back up, so do u think that we could work out a sign-so i'll know its u and that its over so i wont even try--i know your comin for the people like me but we all got wood and nails we turn out hate in factories' what it means is when the savior comes he is afraid he wont realize its him 'nail u back up' think we can work out a sign' means if he knows its messiah and its over ,he wont even try.. turn out hate in factories is an example on the way the world is. u should always interpret the way it means something to u though
  • Lolo Brown from Gertrude, Bahamasomg im the first to comment this absolutely amazing song? ok well here i go...this song makes me feel horribly depressed and empty. especially the intro omg. its amazingly devastating. but god i love this song so much i could go on forever about it, it hurts so good ahaha. it hits me in the face because its so raw "but with nobody in your bed, the nights hard to get through, and i will die all alone" god. its my worst fear but like its so true and i'd rather face the truth than live a lie so yeah. thank you brand new for writing this song. it evokes more catharsis than i can handle and to know that a song can make me feel this much, it shows im alive, so even if i do die alone or have no one in my bed when the nights hard to get through, i'll be able to feel. but the ending is what really gets me, the holding on to some hope at the end. god i love it, its like you feel like its completely over but the melody carries you to lighter place even if the lyrics bring you further down "So do you think that we could work out a sign
    So I'll know it's you and that it's over so I won't even try
    I know you'll come for the people like me
    But we all got wood and nails,
    Turned into a hate factory"
    genius song.
  • Dave from Glasgow, United KingdomKiran, dont know about anywhere else but on the UK album the song is called Jesus.
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