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Song Released: 1993

American Jesus Lyrics

i don't need to be a global citizen
because i'm blessed by nationality
i'm member of a growing populace
we enforce our popularity
there are things that
seem to pull us under
and there are things
that drag us down
but there's a power


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 26th 2006 report

    One of the best lyrics ever. This song was written in the early 90s but still perfectly describes our society today in the US with its religious madness, believing America to be gods own country with an insane president claiming to follow Jesus ...

    If Jesus agrees with our society, I'm fearful that he is inside of me !

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 2nd 2020 report

    its about those badass truckers slaving there lives away in exchange for getting our products listen to the endo fthe lyrics each time the chorus or song break begins millions everyday...yeah

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 6th 2018 report

    I think part of this ''American Jesus'' song is basically about any Person or Institution[s] in America that was using or are still ignorantly using the ''bad old and recreated Roman ReLegion[s] and their Entities that long ago were once used in many ways, but used differently in today's day, by way of Judeo-Christianity religion that's used in a bad way for accumulating political power, wealth and control. Where many times this was sadly done, using the Bible in the name of Jesus Christ and His words that have been twisted and manipulated from The Truth. Only to be illuminated by the so called Christian Zionists and the crypto Je[w]suits, as sometimes known International infiltraters who ''evangelized Wolves and Vultures'' as anti-Semitic head hunters and religious Leaders, who were trained and sometimes are still used today to preach ''The Word of Christ'' falsely in order to manipulate the true believers of Jesus Christ and His Truth. Like in times when this ''American Jesus'' song was to become formed with X Pres. Bush's Neo-Cons, that went too far out to the Right with ''American Jesus'', to only start acting like They were radical left wing Nazi/zio fascists again. Especially since and after the Berlin wall came down. Which was at one time supported by Their Controller's Media in this new kinda Roman Empire of America, by which She has sadly been used as a 'Whore of Babylon' for money and political power by these ''Wolves In Sheeps Clothing'' types who also want control. Where far too many times these hungry Wolves and the Vultures that followed Them around to feed themselves on America and the moral majority of Her Christian believing people, in which She has been preached the false kind of ''American Jesus'' religion to Her American sheeple.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2013 report

    Religeon is used in media to get people going and doing what the goverment( War Pigs) tells them to do. Things like war. So after we do our fair share of killing we don't feel so bad, because "God is on our side". Which is bullshit, how come we don't ever see ourselves as the bad guys. Our we protecting freedom that is has not in danger since, maybe WWII. We need to stop doing there fucking dirty work. Because there is no God watching over us, wake the fuck up people. Good Day.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2011 report

    The practice of the dying, dying dead:
    Expunge TRUTH, HATE IT, delete it, ban it
    Just like a bit of THIS SONG -
    ["This interpretation has been marked poor"]

    Your NOT really a "lyric interpretation site" is.

    I'm waitin' on and loving God's own Great Big (and soon-coming) Deletion Day (Armageddon).

  6. Materialist
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    Jan 4th 2011 report

    American Jesus has various levels of interpretation, but the seminal construct behind this song is that the U.S. is often considered the social breeding ground for organized religion that led to political evolution.

    Organized religion was a manifest string in the fabric of Western Society for a 1500 years, with certain bouts in between. European nations threw off various collars of religious dominance through their own interpretation of Catholicism throughout the Early Middle Ages in an attempt to wrangle their own power from the Holy See -- The Protestant Reformation, Calvinism, the Dual Papacy in Avignon France, and finally the establishment of the Anglican Church in England.

    So many differences with the Catholic understanding of Organized Religion led to the seeding of American Colonies, and then it became an amazing march towards world acceptance that this nascent land was the Garden of Eden. Fertile grounds, independence, European wars -- all gave rise to the allure of the established United States as a model of what could occur without a centralized government constructed around a specific religious edifice.

    And then the government "for the people" became a government "by the people," wherein the "people" started aligning with religious beliefs, and the Garden of Eden without concern for Organized Religion became maligned by that very ideal.

    Two World Wars gained primacy for the U.S., and the spirit of God was propagandized to explain such success. Again, the United States is constructed as the Heaven on Earth, verified by a God that has brought its inhabitants such blessing. I interpret the message of the song to state that such understanding is incorrect -- but worse, it is abused. It is used for political and emotional reasons, an those of us who do not adhere to such are crushed beneath the weight of yet another Administration that may not hold such ideals true, but use them to the benefit of international prestige.

    I am just a sucker for such lyrics, such potential ideas, and for believing the myths that came before me and imbued me to the point where I have to criticize them in an attempt to glean more from other interpretations -- and the subsequent arguments.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2009 report

    It's about money. "We've got the American Jesus see him on the interstate. We've got the American Jesus he helped build the presidents estate." In the end of the song it repeats one nation under god because everything revolves around money.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2008 report

    it's about American mentality and how 'we' call ourselves Christians in a rather hypocritical way while being blinded by arrogance ('I don't need to be a global citizen, cause I live in the U.S.A'). I believe that when he says 'and I'm fearful that it's inside me', meaning the American mentality, also makes the interpretation clear.

    This is back in the day when BR wrote several great songs. The answer being another of my favorites.

  9. theresa1
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    Mar 24th 2008 report

    The hypocritical behavior of COUNTERFEIT "Christianity" is all part of Satan's work to slander Jehovah and his Son Jesus and what they REALLY taught - so that more people feel like they have an excuse for not listening to and obeying God's words. Its been a hugely successful scam job; but one that will soon leave most of mankind dead forever (at Armageddon) for choosing to go along with it. (That's fair, because people ARE being delivered scriptural Divine warning, globally, just as prophesied.)

    THIS is what the perfect, loving, wise, compassionate, and thoroughly RIGHTEOUS and JUST Son of God Jesus Christ taught as his Father's standard for TRUE worshipers/ would-be true worshipers from his time on:

    "Return your sword to its place, for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matthew 26:52)

    That follows from this - "You must LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as yourself" (Matthew 22:39); and this - "continue to LOVE YOUR ENEMIES". (Matthew 5:44)

    Jesus taught humans to OBEY everything his Father said -

    "'Man must live, not on bread alone, but on EVERY UTTERANCE coming forth through Jehovah's mouth.'"

    This is his Father said his will is for people, especially during these last days:

    "And it must occur in the final part of the days [that] the mountain of the house of Jehovah will become firmly established above the top of the mountains, and it will certainly be lifted up above the hills; and to it all the nations must stream. And many peoples will certainly go and say: “Come, YOU people, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Zion law will go forth, and the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem. And he will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. And THEY WILL HAVE TO BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES and their SPEARS INTO PRUNING SHEARS. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, NEITHER WILL THEY LEARN WAR ANYMORE." (Isaian 2:2-4)

    Jehovah's Witnesses, globally, OBEY that. Further, this marks us as Christ's TRUE disciples, because we also fulfill this then -


    Most people who CALL themselves "Christians" (including their FALSE "Christian" leaders) DISREGARD/ warp and DISOBEY all of the above scriptural teachings (and more) proclaimed and promoted by the Christ they CLAIM to FOLLOW when pressure comes upon them to participate in or spiritually support the WARS or other armed conflicts between different nations, tribes, etc. They thus kill or support the killing of their so-called spiritual "brethren" who happen to be of other nations, tribes, etc.

    However, a great red light now shining to the eyes of a globalized world is this: All such "Christian" religions HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES DISOBEDIENT, HYPOCRITICAL, and FALSE to both God Almighty and his Son the Christ - their claimed "leader."

    For FAILING to meet Jesus' requirement that they have "love" among themselves" (at John 13:35, above); they have all DISQUALIFIED THEMSELVES AS BEING HIS DISCIPLES.

    INSTEAD, for consorting with "the kings of the earth" to spiritually support the interests of kingdoms of men which are in opposition to the interests of the heaven-based Kingdom of God; Christ-disobedient "Christian" religions have proven themselves to be unfaithful, spiritual ADULTERERS TO GOD. They make one of the top two sectors of Satan's world empire of all FALSE religions, described in the book of Revelation as a deadly harlot, "Babylon the Great." (See Revelation chapters 17 and 18.)

    God doesn't back ANY of the nations-kingdoms of the world at this time - and NONE of them can rightly be called "Christian" either, according to scriptural terms, as mentioned.

    Currently, the ruler of this world system - including the world-political, corrupt commercial, and FALSE religious elements of it - is Satan the Devil with his hordes.

    Thus, when religionists disobey God and Christ to obey and serve men instead - even though they still do it "in the name of God", or "in the name of 'Christianity'", this is, in reality, the case:

    "...the things which the nations sacrifice THEY SACRIFICE TO DEMONS, and NOT TO GOD..." (1Corinthians 10:20)

    Those "sacrifices" have included peoples' own sons and daughters - sacrifices made, knowingly or not, to demons.

    Soon, God will "crush and put an end" to all of the kingdoms of men that now exist; because they are all deficient. (Daniel 2:44) He will replace them all with ONE single heaven-based and government for the whole earth.

    Jesus Christ - the Prince of Peace - will be God's appointed King of that global government. He will rule over this planet with power from God and perfect justice, to make this earth exactly what Jehovah originally purposed for it to be - a total paradise of peace with one big happy family of God-loving, righteous, and obedient humans living on it. There will be no more wars and poverty. People who died before Armageddon will be brought back to life and given a chance to learn God's ways again - in a Satan-free world. There will come to be no more sinfulness, sickness, death, or tears of sorrow or pain. Pollution will be reversed and the world will become a giant garden. All of those things are scriptural promises. Samples: Psalm 37:10,11,29; Isaiah 25:6-9; 33:24; 65:17-25; John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:1-4.

    Jehovah has purposed all of this to be accomplished through his only ever-good Son Jesus. Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between a perfect God and sinful mankind. Jesus Christ PAID the necessary RANSOM for us to that we could have a relationship with God and a chance to live forever again. Jesus sacrificed his life as a perfect and perfectly obedient human being - to cover for our first perfect human father Adam's willful DISOBEDIENCE to God (which brought a death penalty onto him and so all his children, including us). He is God's sole provision then, to save us from being under that Adamic death sentence. Also, his same sacrifice can cover/ atone for the sins that now imperfect-by-inheritance but sincerely trying to be obedient-to-God-and-Christ persons now make despite their learned best efforts. (John 3:16 AND John 3:36) It is necessary for persons to exercise faith in Jesus - to obey him - in order to have their sins be forgiven and so be able to continue living/ live forever, according to God's Justice.

    So, God's Son Jesus Christ is FAR from being just part of one man-made human-earthly country's faulty entity.

    He is Second-in-Command of the entire universe; and is now the Highest Reigning King over this earth - installed as such by Jehovah the Creator himself. He is powerful, he is good; and he is now, with God, calling all righteous-hearted persons on earth to come out of and get away from all FALSE religions that have dishonored him and his Father, that rob life, and all but ruined our world.

    What he and his Father offer people who would obey them - a righteous, beautiful, and wonderfully fulfilling way of living now and an exquisitely delightful endless future in paradise here after Armageddon is so entirely opposite from what he is being so unfairly slammed and run-down for.

    So, please look into the truth about Jehovah and Jesus Christ's scripturally-stated purposes, standards, works and plans as compared to what most of this world has been tragically duped into "beLIEving."

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2008 report

    It's about how when Pres. George Bush (Sr.) invaded the Persian Gulf saying "Jesus is on our side".

  11. SickBoy1955
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    Oct 18th 2005 report

    It explains how America's new religion is money and power.

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