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Jesus Year

by Oliver Orion

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Beyond the obvious occasion that inspired it, this is a song about magical solutions and the role they play in delaying actual solutions to urgent problems.


Looking out at it sideways
our world is humming along
No one needs anybody
to tell them everything’s wrong

We keep looking for paradise
Instead of seeing it through
hung up on our inventions
dimensions between the ideal and true.

We left our beds unmade
we left our deeds undone
we’ll celebrate decay and
the kingdom to come

Jesus is gone.
He ain’t never coming back
and you got to be strong
with the world on your back
If you could just wave a wand,
you wouldn’t even be here.
What you gonna do
with your Jesus year?

Aren’t you ashamed of prosperity
built on somebody’s back?
Or are you high on a prophecy
and see the world right on track?

Take a generous helping
of the last scraps to chew
With your magical future before you
you don’t have nothing to lose.

We forgive our own sin
so we can do it again.
Behave as the children
we’ll never be again

Hearts? Hearts are only meat
Words? Words to be unleashed
Sin is every breath we breathe
Building up the throne

No more trading in absolutes
We can negotiate the truth
But if you insist on my ignorance
I insist you recuse

If the Earth is your diving board
our world is tainted and dead
take that great leap of faith right now
and let us clean up the mess



released May 26, 2015
OO recorded the song in a noisy Chinese apartment.

Oliver also snapped the accompanying photo of the puppeteer, meaning he also witnessed the puppet show, a gut-wrenching drama about fear, guilt, and ignorance for sale. If the song hadn't already been written, that moment would have given it wings.


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