Never has there been a song that has impacted me as much as the title track, though. At least, not from a lyrical standpoint. Every time I listen to that song, it sticks in my mind for days after. I wake up with the lyrics swimming around my brain as if they belong there. It feels like the kind of song I would write if I were half as talented or experienced as Mr. Tillman.
The whole concept of how corrupted we are by religion due to indoctrination, and how it is laid out in a story telling format of birth to the realization that we're all just nothing. The nihilistic approach to existence without religion, and how it is truly our only salvation. It just strikes firmly the reality of life, and the systemic problem when we give our lives worthless meaning and then justifying it by diving ever deeper into the same hollowed out shell of sugar coated meaning.
If there is one thing all religious people have in common, it is that their religious perspective is based entirely upon their own perception of the world. The religious choose the church or worship method that best supports their own ideology, so is it truly any wonder why over 4,000 religions exist in today's society?
Back to the song, though - it touches on so much more than just that. It touches upon parenting as a not-quite-accidental thing that, if we truly understood the undertaking we were getting ourselves into, we likely wouldn't choose to go through with pregnancies. Well, perhaps that is just me putting my own touches on the lyrics, but nevertheless, that message could easily be pulled from there - "ladies, I hope we don't end up regretting this."
It touches upon how we fill our lives with meaningless suffering. And then goes on to speak in volumes about how all we desire is to escape our pain.
This is perhaps the most real song in today's society packaged up like a nearly pop-folk song.
Which, leads me back to the actual music. Out of an entire album of music, this is really the only song that I've fallen in love with musically. I find myself skipping all the other songs in an effort to get back to that singular song, and then going back to reading the lyrics of the rest since, I feel, that is where he shines best at. A true poet of our time packaging his music up in a means that I just can't fall in love with no matter how much I love the message.
But, I guess that is comedy for you.
-Dustin S. Stover