Shaun the Changing Man (shaunathan) wrote in breadandcircus,
Shaun the Changing Man

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I've noticed it's been a bit quiet in here, so I thought to stir things up we should perhaps discuss Toad songs and what we think they mean.

I'll start with one of my fave tracks off fear, "Pray Your Gods."

I will give the secrets you request
And you will be the one to sacrifice
So lay your olive arms upon my breast
And sing the poems, free the butterflies

Pray your gods who ask you for your blood
For they are strong and angry jealous ones
Or lay upon my altar now your love
I fear my time is short
There are armies moving close
Be quick, my love

I feel my body weakened by the years
As people turn to gods of cruel design
Is it that they fear the pain of death
Or could it be they fear the joy of life

Pray your gods who hold you by your fear
For they are quick and ruthless punishers
Or lay upon my altar now your love
I fear my day is done
There are armies moving on
Be quick, my love

This one eluded me for many a year, and then one day, it dawned on me: This song is about Jesus. I don't know what the religious leanings of the band are, nor does it matter to me, but I find it interesting that they've wrote (what I perceive to be) two songs about Jesus: "Pray Your Gods" and "Fly From Heaven."

Anyway, I think it's Jesus saying "hey, you can either keep praying to these pagan gods (of the Romans), who demand blood sacrifices and the such, or you can follow me, and all I ask is your love." Maybe he could even be referring to the god of the Hebrews (who was all about blood sacrifices).

What do you think?
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