Sunday, January 23, 2011

Echo & The Bunnymen - All In Your Mind

This excellent diatribe from Echo & The Bunnymen's 1987 self-titled classic covers a lot of ground. Not only does it decry the actual reasons behind organized religion- i.e. financial gain for those in charge. But, it also bears personal testimony from the song's protagonist about the ineffectualness of prayer. A song like this shouldn't be any surprise to those who actually listened to what Ian McCulloch was singing on earlier Bunnymen albums like "Heaven Up Here" and "Porcupine". Freethinking and anti-theism have been strong themes running through many of their songs, but this is definitely the most overt.









All In Your Mind
by Echo & The Bunnymen

You say you're proud to be
One of the people
Hands on the money
And your feet on the ground
Shouting out loud
From the top of the steeple
Counting the flock while
Collecting their pounds
All you theiving wheeler dealers
In the healing zone
Giving me fever fever fever fever
Down to my bones


I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
it's all in my mind
You say
stop looking for answers
and reasons
they're all in your mind
all in you mind


Covered in flies
and smothered in lava
I can't scratch my itches
with these pumise stone hands
I dream of my days
as a desert farmer
living my life
On the fat of the sand
All you theiving wheeler dealers
in the healing zone
giving me Fever Fever Fever Fever
down to my bones


I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
it's all in my mind
you say
Stop looking for answers
and reasons
they're all in your mind
all in your mind


Stuck in a world
losing its way and wonder
I wonder what happened
to the world we knew
Splitting the atom
and feeling its thunder
Could never ever make me
Feel the way you do
You give me Fever Fever Fever Fever
down to my bones
Fever Fever Fever Fever
in the healing zone


I pray
and nothing happens
Jesus
it's all in my mind
You say
Stop looking for answers
and reasons
they're all in your mind
all in your mind

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to find these pearls.

    Here's a few suggestions for future posts:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfgQvM7wtE&feature=feedlik

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZMUhxvqOk0

    And if French songs are ok, try La Tordue:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvtC5SLIBcY&playnext=1&list=PL1906AC220B906E7C

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B15C54cJFNg

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