Jesus Christ
Brand New Lyrics


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Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face
The kind you'd find on someone that could save
If they don't put me away
Well it'll be a miracle

Do you believe you're missing out
Everything good is happening somewhere else
But with nobody in your bed
The night's hard to get through

And I, will die, all alone
And when I, arrive, I won't know anyone

Well Jesus Christ I'm alone again
So what did you do those three days you were dead
'Cuz this problem's gonna last
More than the weekend

Well Jesus Christ, I'm not scared to die
I'm a little bit scared of what comes after
Do I get the gold chariot
Do I float through the ceiling

Do I, divide, and fall apart
'Cuz my bright, is too sly, to hold back all my dark

And the ship, went down, in sight of land
And at the gates, does Thomas, ask to see my hands

I know you'll come in the night like a thief
But I've had some time alone, to hold my lions at bay

I know you think that I'm someone you can trust
But I'm scared I'll get scared and I swear I'll try to nail you back up(and you won't know)
So do you think that we could work out a psalm
So I'll know it's you and that it's over so I won't even try

I know you're coming for the people like me
We all got wood and nails, we try n' tear down hate and factory




We all got wood and nails, don't tear down hate n' factory
We all got wood and nails, and we sleep inside of this machine

Overall Meaning

Brand New's "Jesus Christ" is a ballad about loneliness, fear, and the afterlife. The first verse sets an eerily melancholic tone with its striking imagery, as the singer marvels at the beauty of Jesus Christ's face and wonders if it holds the power to save him from his despairing situation. The lyrics then become more introspective, as the singer confesses to feeling like he's missing out on life and is struggling to sleep at night without anyone beside him. The chorus is a poignant moment, as the singer laments the inevitability of dying alone, expressing the common fear that we will leave this world without truly knowing anyone.


The second verse delves deeper into the singer's existential fears, as he ponders what awaits him after death. He wonders if he'll receive a grand reward for his faith, like a gold chariot, or if he'll simply "divide and fall apart" because his "bright is too sly to hold back all [his] dark." The bridge recounts the sinking of a ship "in sight of land," a tragedy that seems emblematic of the uncertainty and futility of human existence. The final verse shifts the focus to a plea for divine intervention, as the singer begs Jesus to return and help him overcome his fear and loneliness. The last line is perhaps the most memorable: "We all got wood and nails, we try n' tear down hate and factory / We all got wood and nails, don't tear down hate n' factory / We all got wood and nails, and we sleep inside of this machine." It's a powerful image of resistance and resilience, suggesting that even though life can be a struggle, we have the power to fight against oppression and continue to exist in harmony.


Line by Line Meaning

Jesus Christ, that's a pretty face
The singer finds the image of Jesus Christ appealing, a figure that they believe can save them.


The kind you'd find on someone that could save
The singer associates physical beauty with the ability to save, implying that they may have placed too much importance on physical appearances.


If they don't put me away
The singer is afraid of being institutionalized or otherwise isolated from society.


Well it'll be a miracle
The artist is pessimistic about their chances of avoiding institutionalization or being rejected by society.


Do you believe you're missing out
The artist questions whether they are missing out on something important in life.


Everything good is happening somewhere else
The singer believes that others are experiencing happiness and success while they are not.


But with nobody in your bed
The singer feels lonely and perhaps even sexually frustrated.


The night's hard to get through
The artist is struggling with feelings of loneliness and despair.


And I, will die, all alone
The artist is afraid of dying alone.


And when I, arrive, I won't know anyone
The artist is afraid of dying and not knowing anyone in the afterlife.


Well Jesus Christ I'm alone again
The singer is feeling lonely once more and may be looking to religion for comfort.


So what did you do those three days you were dead
The artist is questioning the events surrounding Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.


'Cuz this problem's gonna last
The singer is facing a significant problem or challenge that is not going to be resolved quickly.


More than the weekend
The singer suggests that the problem is more significant than a typical weekend.


Well Jesus Christ, I'm not scared to die
The singer is not afraid of dying, perhaps because they believe in an afterlife.


I'm a little bit scared of what comes after
The artist is fearful of the unknown aspects of the afterlife.


Do I get the gold chariot
The artist is contemplating what rewards they might receive in the afterlife.


Do I float through the ceiling
The singer considers what it might be like to enter the afterlife.


Do I, divide, and fall apart
The singer is questioning whether they will disintegrate or lose themselves in the afterlife.


'Cuz my bright, is too sly, to hold back all my dark
The artist may be suggesting that their positive qualities are not enough to prevent negative impulses or actions.


And the ship, went down, in sight of land
The artist may be reflecting on the irony of dying when help is in sight or when one is close to reaching their goals.


And at the gates, does Thomas, ask to see my hands
The artist is referencing the Bible story of doubting Thomas, who needed to see Jesus's wounds to believe he had risen from the dead. The artist may be questioning whether they will be accepted into heaven and what proof they will need to show to gain entrance.


I know you'll come in the night like a thief
The singer is referring to the idea that Jesus will return unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.


But I've had some time alone, to hold my lions at bay
The artist suggests that they have had time to reflect and gather themselves before the second coming of Jesus Christ.


I know you think that I'm someone you can trust
The singer suggests that Jesus may trust them or have some sort of expectation for them.


But I'm scared I'll get scared and I swear I'll try to nail you back up(and you won't know)
The singer is admitting to having doubts and fears that might cause them to betray Jesus (as Judas did in the Bible story) but the singer also suggests that this will be a secret betrayal.


So do you think that we could work out a psalm
The singer is asking if they can work out a plan for salvation or redemption.


So I'll know it's you and that it's over so I won't even try
The artist is suggesting that they need a sign from Jesus to know that they are saved and free from sin so that they no longer have to try so hard.


I know you're coming for the people like me
The artist acknowledges that Jesus is coming for everyone but specifically mentions people like themselves - perhaps those who have struggled with faith or who feel they are unworthy of salvation.


We all got wood and nails, we try n' tear down hate and factory
The singer suggests that everyone is flawed but that they are working together to try to change things for the better.


We all got wood and nails, don't tear down hate n' factory
The singer is cautioning listeners not to destroy something - perhaps a symbol of society or civilization - in their attempts to improve it.


We all got wood and nails, and we sleep inside of this machine
The artist suggests that everyone is part of the system or society that they are working to change.




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Written by: JESSE LACEY

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@otaarl7545

Jesus Christ, that’s a pretty face
The kind you’d find on someone that could save
If they don’t put me away
Well it’ll be a miracle

Do you believe you’re missing out
Everything good is happening somewhere else
But with nobody in your bed
The night’s hard to get through

And I, will die, all alone
And when I, arrive, I won’t know anyone

Well Jesus Christ I’m alone again
So what did you do those three days you were dead
'Cuz this problem’s gonna last
More than the weekend

Well Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die
I’m a little bit scared of what comes after
Do I get the gold chariot
Do I float through the ceiling

Do I, divide, and fall apart
'Cuz my bright, is too sly, to hold back all my dark

And the ship, went down, in sight of land
And at the gates, does Thomas, ask to see my hands

I know you'll come in the night like a thief
But I’ve had some time alone, to hold my lions at bay

I know you think that I’m someone you can trust
But I’m scared I’ll get scared and I swear I’ll try to nail you back up(and you won't know)
So do you think that we could work out a psalm
So I’ll know it’s you and that it's over so I won't even try

I know you’re coming for the people like me
We all got wood and nails, we try n’ tear down hate and factory
We all got wood and nails, don’t tear down hate n’ factory
We all got wood and nails, and we sleep inside of this machine



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@emily81570

Welcome back only the real ones listened to this in may 2024

@SKILER415

Facts. Music is timeless

@kwhufc5769

​​@@SKILER415😂we grow. The music forever is great

@iStutterbug

Nice nice

@BarBlue12

Where have you been?

@samantha2916

ay my nigha

@LovexxPeacexxHappy

Samantha Noel Rachel don't you ever say that

@lightbiker4450

Sarah Wilson Jesus Christ is everyone's nigga. He's just a great guy. 

@LovexxPeacexxHappy

Sev Sicilia i know, its from a vine. The girl says "ay my nigga" and her mom says "rachel don't ever say that"

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@infantry630

Nine years ago, this song saved my life. A song written by strangers is why I’m here today. If any of you ever happen to read this... thank you.

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