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Eric Church: Like Jesus Does Meaning

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Song Released: 2011


Like Jesus Does Lyrics

I'm a long gone Waylon song gone by,
I'm a backroads sinner at a tent revival,
She believes in me like she believes her bible,
And loves me like Jesus does.

I'm a left foot leaning on a suped up Chevy,
I'm a good ol' boy, drinking whiskey...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 2018 11:12pm report


    The interpretation is too good. Seems you are in a loving relationship like this. Good for you. For those who are meant to be a couple or partners in life, may someone love you like Jesus does. This song is truly about a couple or who are in a loving relationship or loving connection.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 23rd, 2018 11:10pm report


    One of the few songs not written by Eric Church. This song was in fact written by Grammy-winning Casey Beathard, who does have Facebook. This song explores some overall religious themes among some slightly more romantic undercurrents.

    I'm a long gone Waylon song gone by

    This may be an attempt to create a sense of familiarity for the listener. The omnipresent narrator of this song believes that their entity is some sort of anthropomorphic representation of a Waylon song. "Waylon song" is a reference to Waylon Jennings, an old country singer who used to sing for the Texas Longhorns. By identifying as said Waylon song, the narrator seems to come from a time that has gone by, the time of Waylon Jennings. We can assume that this song was written for those of the older crowd, as Millenials and Gen Z may have trouble relating to this undefined Waylon song narrator.

    I'm a backroads sinner at a tent revival

    Clearly the narrator seems to have a somewhat demeaning image of their self. Not only does this line seems to indicate that they think of their self as a sinner, but they are also "backroads". A term here that means somewhat culturally "country". Meanwhile, a tent revival is an outdoor gathering of Christian worshipers. The fact that the narrator both seems to identify as a sinner, but is attending a tent revival, could indicate that the narrator is attempting to atone or make up for whatever they did which made them "sin".

    She believes in me like she believes in her Bible

    This unidentified "she" we can assume is one of the Christian faith. However this mystery woman believes in her bible, it is translated onto our omnipresent narrator, which he seems to appreciate, given that it was written into a song.

    She loves me like Jesus does

    The ever-shrouded "she" in this song loves our narrator, just like the figure from the Christian faith Jesus, also loves the narrator. Given the spiritual and completely non-romantic relationship between most prophets and disciples, we can only assume that the "she" loves our narrator, but in a rather prophet-like way. This is somewhat contradictory to the romantic nature of most narrators and "shes" in country songs, but diversity is the spice of life.

    I'm a left foot leaning on a suped up Chevy

    Once again, our anthropomorphic narrator, who is beginning to look more and more eldritch in nature, says that they are the personification of the energy that occurs from someone leaning a left foot against a suped up Chevy. This is an interesting statement, as in ancient roman times being left-handed, or left-footed for that matter was linked with rather Satan-esque vibes. This reaffirms the narrator's background in "sinning" and does seem to leave the overall impression that they aren't perfect. The phrase "suped up Chevy" may seem confusing to some people. The term "suped up" is used in reference to cars or trucks when attachments or upgrades have been added to make the car or truck seem "cooler". A Chevy is a shortened term for Chevrolet, or a type of heavy-duty truck favored by culturally country types. In fact, a debate is effervescent in that culture on whether it truly is Chevy's or Ford's that are the better vehicle. These opposing philosophies occasionally splits the culture in two, and creates a type of mistrust in one of the opposing side.

    I'm a good ol' boy drinking whiskey and rye at the levee

    We have finally determined the narrator's gender, as he has indeed described himself as one of the masculine type. He also seems to have labeled himself once again, showing a clear fondness for finding some way to define himself. This label as a "good ol' boy" seems to be referencing a type of cultural subgroup in which most culturally country people identify. A "good ol' boy" is a male who is of at least middle age and is a hardworking fellow with an air of vintage nostalgia about them. Once the narrator has defined himself as such, he goes on to say that he is drinking whiskey and rye at the levee. This may be due to the fact that he is lonely, and seeks comfort in alcohol in secluded places, such as at a levee. This entire line could be a reference to the song "American Pie" by Don McLean, in which he states, "Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry/ And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye." For some reason, a levee, which is an embankment along a body of water, seems to have become somewhat of a cultural icon for those identifying as "country". It is referenced many times within country literature, with Don McLean, Keith Urban and many others contributing to it's glorification.

    But she carries me when my sins make me heavy

    The mysterious woman figure that appears to love our narrator like a prophet loves his disciple, supports our beloved narrator when he feels emotionally burdened by his never-expounded upon "sins." This may be the writer's attempt at creating a source to relate to within his material. Since we all have done things we are not proud of, and those things sometimes cross our minds, the vagueness of the narrator and his emotional burden retains a sense of something we as a society understands.

    All the crazy in my dreams

    The narrator is either referencing nightmares that he experiences at night, or goals that seem to some, far-fetched.

    Both my broken wings

    The narrator feels broken inside, like a bird, or angel, with broken wings. As humans who fantasize about being able to fly, we assume that the best part of being a bird is having wings. The narrator feels as though his (possibly figurative) wings are broken, taking away the best part of being him. In other words, our dear omnipresent anthropomorphic narrator is depressed, which could have led him to drink by a levee in the aforementioned lyrics.

    Every single piece of everything I am

    He is talking about all of his being weather corporeal or not.

    She knows the man I ain't

    The still unidentified woman of whom the narrator so often speaks, knows who the narrator is not, and thus doesn't expect him to be what he is not.

    She forgives me when I can't

    The unidentified assumed prophet forgives the narrator even when he cannot forgive himself for the still dubious sins that he has committed.

    And the devil, man, he don't stand a chance

    The notion that our well-talked about narrator has, is that he does not stand a chance against the devil. This should concern the listener, as even an omnipresent being should not tangle with potentially enraged Satanists.

    Always thought that she would give up on me one day

    The narrator had always assumed that his transcendent "she" was going to leave him some day. This is a rather saddening notion, for one should never separate a prophet and their disciple.

    Wash her hands of me, leave me staring down some runway

    The narrator assumed that the she he continues to talk about would get rid of him like one gets rid of a bit of diarrhea on their hand. He also assumed that he would end up staring at some marked path on which she would be leaving on.

    Yeah, I thank God each night, and twice on Sunday

    The narrator thanks his god each night, supposedly through prayer, but sacrifice is never off the table, for the fact that this completely unidentifiable woman stayed by his side. For some reason, he thanks his God twice for this supposed miracle twice on Sunday. To many Christians Sunday is observed as a holy day, and our narrator may thank his God twice on Sunday because he regards the woman staying as something holy.

    Thank you for reading, my peeps.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 10th, 2011 9:45am report


    I'm a long gone Waylon song gone by,
    I'm a backroads sinner at a tent revival,
    She believes in me like she believes her bible,
    And loves me like Jesus does.

    I'm a left foot leaning on a suped up Chevy,
    I'm a good ol' boy, drinking whiskey and rye on the levee,
    But she carries me, when my sings make me heavy,
    And loves me like Jesus does.

    All the crazy in my dreams,
    Both my broken wings,
    Every single piece of everything I am,
    Yeah, she knows the man I ain't,
    She forgives me when I can't,
    And the devil, man, he don't stand a chance,
    Cause she loves me like Jesus does.

    Always thought she'd give up on me one day,
    Wash her hands of me, leave me staring down some runway,
    Yeah, I thank God each night, and twice on Sunday,
    That she loves me like Jesus does.

    All the crazy in my dreams,
    Both my broken wings,
    Every single piece of everything I am,
    Yeah, she knows the man I ain't,
    She forgives me when I can't,
    And the devil, man, he don't have a prayer,
    Cause she loves me like Jesus does.

    Yeah, she knows the man I ain't,
    She forgives me when I can't,
    And the devil, man, he don't stand a chance,
    Cause she loves me like Jesus does.

    I'm a long gone Waylon song, gone by.




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