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Toad the Wet Sprocket: Fly From Heaven Meaning

Song Released: 1995


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Paul is making me nervous
Paul is making me scared
Walk into this room and swaggers
Like he's God's own messenger

Changed the name of my brother
Changed the things that he said
Says that he speaks to him
But he never even knew the man
But I'd...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 8th, 22:30 report


    This song has stuck with me for a long time. It's written from the perspective of Jesus' younger brother, James. James was also one of the original 12 disciples. Imagine growing up in the shadow of an older brother you could never hope to better.

    This song is about the history of the early Christian church in the period immediately following Jesus' Resurrection (Book of Acts if you are a bible sort). This song occurred within the lifetime of people personally met Jesus. A fellowship of people who used to follow Jewish traditions is now adopting Christian beliefs and rituals, leading to the outgrowth of the Catholic church(es).

    >>Changed the name of my brother
    >Changed the things that he said

    This refers to the fundamental changes in the early church which became increasingly based on Paul's teachings as he began to build churches. Paul was not one of the original 12 disciples; he was formerly known as Saul, and used to persecute Christians until he converted. He 'took' Judas' 'place' as a disciple of Jesus, but as James points out


    >Says that he speaks to him
    >But he never even knew the man

    Paul/Saul never even met Jesus - he used to persecute Christians, and how he basically speaks for Jesus "Like he's God's own messenger".

    This song expresses anxiety and doubt, but turns on the line

    >But i'd give my life for him

    This is James reassuring that despite his doubts and anxiety with how the church is changing, and in some ways, being distorted, it is serving a greater good, and James will stand with Paul.

    It's held up well in 2018; imo it portrays biblical figures as real people, and is a treat for someone who looks at Christian beliefs criticially.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 27th, 2013 2:14pm report


    before understanding the song we need few information especially those who are not versed in bible/Christianity.
    firstly jesus had a brother named james, and paul is someone who never met jesus in person, but had a silver tongue and after jesus died, with his popularity growing, for whoever paul worked for (the romans)started twisting and turning the teaching of jesus and instead made him an icon/idol and acted as if he was closest to jesus

    Now for this amazing song explains a brothers loss and his dead brothers ideology being destroyed and all that he stood for by a man
    james is the one talking

    Paul is making me nervous, Paul is making me scared. Walk into this room he swaggers like he's God's own messenger. Changed the name of my brother (Jesus Christ was known to his followers, the real Apostles as Yeshua). Changed the things that he said (Paul distorting His words).

    james dosent care if his brother was a god or son of god or whatever, all that he belived was in the teaching of his brother and his brother died for people hwo scronned him and he keeps asking

    But if he's all you say
    Would he fly from heaven

    To this world again
    To this world again

    if he is all that they r claming him to be will jesus come back , that way james will get his brother back at the least

    guys my interpretation may be wrong ...one of the best song i have ever heard even soo much high standard is maintained even in 2013 i wish any musician can come even close



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    anonymous
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    Apr 15th, 2012 4:40am report


    Whoa some of these I don't know, but Elton John goodness look how young he is & there he is with those weird glssaes. LOL Love your choices YOU SO ROCK! Thanks for playing along with us! WOO WOO the train is off to our next rockin' passenger! Already following.XmasDolly recently posted..



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    anonymous
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    Sep 5th, 2011 9:07am report


    It's about the stuggle between the apostle Paul, and James (the brother of Christ). That's how I interpret it anyway.




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