Jack Johnson: It's All Understood Meaning
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It's All Understood Lyrics
As if they'd never even heard it before
And maybe they were truly amused
But every word that she spoke was a bore
And maybe it's because they had seen
The previews on the TV screen
Well this part is good and...
anonymous Apr 20th, 2009 4:16pm report
This song is largely critical of blind faith, especially placing blind faith in religious doctrines like the Bible. It’s talking about how people tend to act and believe as they society expects them to believe, not based on their own rationality and logic. The first part is easy enough: “this part is good and that’s well understood, so you should laugh if you know what I mean” is basically the voice of societal expectations to laugh at a certain part of a movie, even if it’s not funny.
This is obviously a metaphor for a larger issue – blind faith in general. The most important part of this idea is in the lines, “I read somewhere that you've got to beware, you can't believe anything you read. But the good book is good and it's all understood, so don't even question if you know what I mean.” This part particularly moved me. It also deals with the hypocrisy of religion, since society accepts that one must be skeptical about what believe (“it’s almost always fiction in the end”), yet assumes that the Bible is an exception.
It’s an absolutely beautiful song. My favorite of his and some of my favorite lyrics ever.
anonymous May 29th, 5:23pm report
I see this from the a way different angle. Seems to me that the blond faith he is criticizing is that in media and news, the narritives the push which are not full truth. "Everyone knew what went down, bcz the news was spread all over town, but fact is only what u believe, fact and fiction work as a team, and ita almost always fiction in the end, content bends, context is never the same"... and atvthe beginning how everyone knew to laugh bcz the jokes were on the previews, even tho it wasnt wven that funny "this plot is good, so you should laugh" I think it was his honest opinion at the end when he says "the good book is good and that's well understood so dont even question if you know what i mean....and there you go...missed my point, and you'll say that i said not to believe, but i believe." You all missed the point, and said that he said not to believe, but he believes
anonymous Jul 22nd, 2017 7:41pm report
Not a ding on religion per se but on blindly following anything without seeking and finding true meaning. Through the tune is Jack Johnson critical of Christianity? I don't believe so.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2007 10:59pm report
This song is a criticism of religion, especially fanatical religious faith.
anonymous Aug 17th, 2006 8:24pm report
It's a song about faith. It couild be faith in anything, but just faith. It's all understood, even if we don't actually understand it. It's hard to explain.
"and fact is only what you believe
and fact and fiction work as a team"
The only things people label as "fact" is what they belive. Fact isn't based on real truth anymore. Without lies there would be no facts, and with out facts no one could make lies because there would nothing to prove it was a lie.
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