July Talk - Jesus Said So Lyrics




White babies cry
On reality TV
Plastic surgery disaster
Inherit obesity

Now we're waiting on the angle
We're waiting on the spin
Waiting for the second coming
Our oil's running thin

So now we'll have to find some place to go
And those that do not want us there must go
When they ask us how we know
Jesus said so

Speak a language they don't know
So you can take and never owe
Make a God in your own image
Because your ego told you so

A girl falls from a building
Like a star out of the sky
But no one saw it happen
So nobody has to cry

So now we'll find some place to go
And those that do not want us there must go
When they ask us how we know
My country said so

Jesus said so
My Jesus said so
My money said so
My father said so
My TV said so
My brother said so (when they ask us)
My teacher said so (how we know)
Jesus said so

The cops put men in cars
Drove them out into the snow
Find women's bodies in the rivers
But nobody seems to know

Tell the kids to hide their eyes
There's no need for them to see
Just keep them busy watching
Money crying on TV

So now we'll have to find some place to go
Building houses high as heaven in a row
And the kids born into debt will ask us why
We'll tell them Jesus lied
Jesus said so
My Jesus said so





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July Talk Jesus Said So Comments
  1. Wayne Church

    I am a fan of July Talk, and this is indeed an intelligent and provocative song. However, Jesus is a far greater authority than mom and dad, and He deserves a listen. To question authority is human, and is also healthy. Our world is full of lies and liars. But the truth can always be scrutinized because it is truth. I am 65 and have actively scrutinized Christ and the Bible, and still am convinced that they are true.

  2. KittJT2

    The other comments in this section I feel have this only partial right.
    This song is about justification. How do we justify the things we do?

    The first part of this song talks about how we are willing to distract ourselves with pointless nothings and casually throw in that we need to invade a country for its resources. It calls us to consider how we justify those things, and that some of us might use religion as that justification. This isn't anti-christian (we'll get to why this is quite the opposite), rather its just calling us to pay attention to the things that we do every day and how we justify them. The rest of the song talks about specific issues.

    The next verse goes on about how developed nations can continue to extract vast amounts of wealth from the developing world even though we live in a post-colonial society. It calls us to consider if we are modeling our behaviour after God, or if we are simply slapping on the idea that we are using God as a justification for the things that we do as a shield to make ourselves feel better. Man was made in God's image, and they're calling to the idea that in some cases perhaps we are claiming God's opinion backs our own.

    It then brings in the idea that our society has a lot of mental health issues, and specifically calls out the problem of suicide. It references the divine directly in this paragraph 'like a star out of the sky,' and seems to be referencing the idea that perhaps this mental health crisis is due to the way we justify things and that the role of God in our lives is effectively diminished in some cases.

    But this song isn't just about people with faith. It calls out a bunch of ways people justify things whether it is by their "country, money, father, teacher" etc.

    The next paragraph seems to be a direct callout to Canadian aboriginal issues. Cops put men in cars likely references the starlight tours, and the women's bodies in the river is the issue of native women being murdered at much higher rates than most other demographics. Again like the mental health issue, these are moral issues that we can explain away while we are 'distracted' by nonsense on TV, or waging a casual war.

    The very last paragraph of the song is perhaps the most packed. Its reference to 'building houses high as heaven in a row' is a pretty blatant reference to the tower of babel, the lesson of which is that our constructions on this earth are NOTHING in comparison to the glory and power of God. But it calls out that we are putting our worth in worldly treasures. Matthew 6:19-21. But because we have all of these mechanisms of justification, we do it anyway even though we know its wrong. To pile that on, we are taking out debt to live the way we are. Not only on a personal level but on at all levels of government. Our debt as a society is so staggering, that it is IMPOSSIBLE to justify without jumping through massive hoops.

    The conundrum of all this comes when we raise our children Christian and they look at everything we have done. We will not be able to rectify with them the things we have done versus what we have tried to teach them. The tragedy of this comes right at the end. Because we have spent our whole lives (the entire song) using one method of justification for the actions we are doing out of greed and hubris, at some point we are going to be judged. By either the Father, or our children (here our children). In this case because everything above is simply inconsistent with everything we read in scripture, we will be faced with a choice of denouncing our own actions, or denouncing Jesus. The problem is that because we have done it for so long and by that point are so far lost, that we will be well and truly lost, and thus will be forced to denounce Christ.

    So I guess the point of this whole thing, and indeed the song is to ask the listener... How do you justify your actions?

  3. Lightning

    This song is about America. "In God we trust" on their money yet they do un-godly things like take their soldiers to other countries for war that no one asked for and they, the people of America, can't say anything about why without saying "our country said so, my Jesus said so, my money said so, my TV said so" etc
    Those few select people who hear Jesus and think immediately that this song is anti or pro christian without thinking about it.
    Think people!

    Manon Frenette

    It is not...

    E M-F

    July Talk is a Canadian group. It is an interesting parallel tho.

  4. Brendon

    I really hope these guys aren't religious.

    Lightning

    They are what of it.
    This song also is going after America and the wars they start, the stupid people living in America who don't care about anything that happens and the cover that everyone uses like "my tv said so, my father said so, my country said so, my Jesus said so"
    If you have talked with these guys in person you'd know they are religious. That isn't bad you ass hat. There is more killing in this world for money and personal gain then there ever has been over religion. Only Darius the third of Persia and Cesar of Rome claimed to be God-Kings and they were rightfully dethroned by people who knew better. All other world conquerors were after land, money, and resources.

  5. marianna nicolee

    White babies cry
    On reality TV
    Plastic surgery disaster
    Inherit obesity

    Now we're waiting on the angle
    We're waiting on the spin
    Waiting for the second coming
    Our oil's running thin

    So now we'll have to find some place to go
    And those that do not want us there must go
    When they ask us how we know
    Jesus said so

    Speak a language they don't know
    So you can take and never owe
    Make a God in your own image
    Because your ego told you so

    A girl falls from a building
    Like a star out of the sky
    But no one saw it happen
    So nobody has to cry

    So now we'll find some place to go
    And those that do not want us there must go
    When they ask us how we know
    My country said so

    Jesus said so
    My Jesus said so
    My money said so
    My father said so
    My TV said so
    My brother said so (when they ask us)
    My teacher said so (how we know)
    Jesus said so

    The cops put men in cars
    Drove them out into the snow
    Find women's bodies in the rivers
    But nobody seems to know

    Tell the kids to hide their eyes
    There's no need for them to see
    Just keep them busy watching
    Money crying on TV

    So now we'll have to find some place to go
    Building houses high as heaven in a row
    And the kids born into debt will ask us why
    We'll tell them Jesus lied
    Jesus said so
    My Jesus said so

    Purple Haze

    your cool

  6. Cohen Pinkoski

    songs about aboriginal oppression and the colonial impact settlers have had on them

    Lightning

    and modern day actions that America makes in terms of war that no one asked for and life in the west where no one cares what happens and says "my tv said so" etc.

  7. Amanda Rogers

    I think this is possibly the most intelligent and provocative song written by this group of very intelligent and provocative song-writers and performers. More please, July Talk.

    Purple Haze

    for sure

  8. hayley will

    love this