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Sodom, South Georgia Lyrics

Papa died smiling
Wide as the ring of a bell
Gone all star white
Small as a wish in a well
And Sodom, South Georgia
Woke like a tree full of bees
Buried in Christmas
Bows and a blanket of weeds

Papa died Sunday and I understood
All dead...

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2013 report

    In the Bible, Sodum was a city full of wickedness and desperation. By saying Sodum South Georgia the singer implies Sodum doesn't have to be a city but rather a state of mind. The singer is struggling and doubting God. He highlights the irony of dead white boys saying "God is good." How can God be good when there are so many dead? The repetition of "And I understood" is also ironic because we don't really understand God. We don't understand if he is a beautiful God who blesses us with baby girls or the powerful angry God who punished the city of Sodum. This song is so sad and the singer almost sings with a content feeling. It is almost as if he gives up on trying to understand but simply accepts life in Sodum South Georgia the way it is.

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