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Saint Paul the persecutor
Was a cruel and sinful man
Jesus hit him with a blinding light
And then his life began
I said yeah
I said yeah

Augustin knew temptation
He loved women, wine and song
And all the special pleasures
Of doing something...

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    anonymous
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    May 24th, 2018 5:38pm report


    This song is genius. There are certainly things in my life that I feel guilty about. But I feel like Mick is suggesting that as humans, we aren't perfect, that we are prone to sin, and that we shouldn't be expected to tip toe through life without making a few mistakes. As long as we love one another, we should be good.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 31st, 2013 12:43pm report


    The meaning is similar to that behind Sympathy for the Devil. The state of mankind is sin. It's in our nature. To try to be perfect is a fool's errand. To condemn someone for their imperfections or not sticking to the "rules" (Paul the Persecutor) is un-Christian. It is not the role of Man to be saint-like, but to withhold judgment of others for their shortcomings, and to forgive. "If you meet me, have some sympathy . . . "



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2012 6:53am report


    @marinus You hit the nail on the head.
    I interpret it the same way. Micks weakness is women Lust. Hes no saint but he doesnt want to go to hell.
    I hate it when people say Mick is Atheist because he clearly is NOT. Hes a sinner but sounds something like eh wants to change but cant.



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    marinus
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    Jan 10th, 2009 1:25pm report


    This song is a bit tongue in cheek about how the singer would love to be strong as a saint, defying torture etc and die staying true to his principles/faith, but "how could you stand the torture, could you stand the pain, could you put your faith in Jesus when you're burning in the flames? you'll never make a saint of me" basically says it all.
    I just think the song's biblical references are brilliant, as in:
    Saint Paul the persecutor
    Was a cruel and sinful man
    Jesus hit him with a blinding light
    And then his life began
    I said yeah
    I said yeah
    Augustin knew temptation
    He loved women, wine and song
    And all the special pleasures
    Of doing something wrong

    John the Baptist was a martyr
    But he stirred up Herod's hate
    And Salome got her wish
    To have him served up on a plate




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