Pillar Of Davidson
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warm bodies I sense

are not machines that can only make money

past perfect tense

words for a feeling and all I've discovered

I'll be along son
with medicine supposed to designed to

make you high

I'll be along son

with words for a feeling and all I've discovered

old bad eyes

old bad eyes

old bad eyes

on loneliness comes

go see the foreman go see the profiteer

on loneliness drives

we're takin' our time movin' shit for

this holy slime

old, bad eyes

old, bad eyes

old, bad eyes, almighty fear

the shepherd won't leave me alone

he's in my face and I

the shepherd of my days

and I want you here by my heart

and my head, I can't start till I'm dead

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Written by: CHAD ALAN GRACEY, CHAD DAVID TAYLOR, EDWARD JOEL KOWALCZYK, PATRICK DAHLHEIMER

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TheRiverJordan

Ria Watmough
Pillar of Davidson is Jesus
The Shepard that won't leave him alone is Jesus as well.
"I can't start till I'm dead" or reborn.
The stallion is satan...
The beginning lyrics represent disenchantment with evangelical/religious organizations subverting or suppressing spiritual awakening.
Old bad eyes then Almighty Fear comes as the awakening begins and the Shepard is staring him in the face unsettling him.
IMO cheaper than all the souls lyric refers to true spiritual awakening costing nothing monetarily speaking, which ties back into the beginning lyrics.
Once he's found the Pillar of Davidson (Jesus being descended from King David, hence David's "son" in a sense) he won't go down.



Yosshy

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TheRiverJordan

John Cusato "Pillar Of Davidson"

"warm bodies, I sense"

(...speaker has an intuition there is more to our existence, then...)

"are not machines that can only make money"

(...human beings have a greater purpose...)

"past, perfect, tense
words for a feeling and all I've discovered"

(...intuition or "feeling" grows into new discovery. Dual meaning as the best way to describe the "feeling" is Past, Perfect, Tense or what's past is perfect and he's tense at understanding this perfection which is the word of God in the Past-tense or Bible. The Bible is perfect.)

"I'll be along son with medicine supposed to,
designed to make you high"

(...being spoken to, in a disjointed manner by whom we will see is the "profiteer" of Gods word, Using the Bible to make money. And using the Word to make you "high" or feel good. Also medicine to disenchant)

"I'll be along son
with words for a feeling and all I've discovered"

(...replacing what the "profiteer" is saying with the growing "feeling", which will become spiritual awakening)

"old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes"

(...those that cannot see the spiritual, also sounds suspiciously like "open eyes" in verse. Possible dual meaning)


"on loneliness comes
go see the foreman, go see the profiteer
on loneliness drives
we're takin' our time movin' shit for this holy slime"

(...verse confirms speaker has been referring to those who seek to profit from Gods word and not someone working an assembly line or caught in the basic 9 to 5, though there is dual meaning reflecting this in the verse "are not machines that can only make money", the deeper meaning refers to those who are spiritually misled for profit. One does not go see ones "foreman" if they are lonely. Spiritual loneliness is what is being referred to here and the subject is seeking enlightenment from a "profiteer" that does not offer true spiritual guidance, hence the speaker is left "moving shit for this holy slime" or false profit. Interesting duality to false profit and "profiteer". In this instance he is referring to religious profiteers.)

"old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes, almighty fear"

(...old bad eyes/ open eyes then "Almighty Fear" comes as the spiritual awakening begins and the speakers sees with new eyes in new enlightenment)

"the shepherd won't leave me alone
he's in my face and I
the shepherd of my days
and I want you here by my heart and my head,"

(...the Shepard is Jesus. The speakers spiritual awakening had begun and his "old bad eyes" have opened and Jesus is starring him in the face and won't leave him alone. He submits to Christ as "the shepherd of my days" and he wants Christ in his heart and head)

"I can't start till I'm dead"

(...or, I can't start till I'm reborn)

[Background Lyrics:]
(...background lyrics confirm much of what the song meaning is and reconcile the original intuition felt by the speaker)

"here I am locking horns with the stallion"

(...battling satan, or any negative impulse, personal demon, etc)

"failing to hold my head up, I'll go back again"

(...the speaker is and has been losing the battle, fearful he will "go back again" to an unenlightened state)

"pillar of davidson feeling to hard to go down"

(...Pillar of Davidson is Jesus also. Jesus was descended from King David, so in a sense he's David's son. Once the speaker has Jesus(pillar of Davidson) he can't "go down" or lose the battle or "go back again" as seen in the previous verse. The Pillar of Jesus or Christ "feeling" is too "hard" or strong to go down)

"cheaper than all the souls he will walk upon"

(...this spiritual awakening is "cheaper" or cost nothing monetarily to the speaker. "He" the profiteer will walk on souls. Many meanings in this line, as speaker could also be acknowledging what is the cost of ones soul or how ones soul is cheapened by the profiteers walking upon it and how glorious that true spiritual enlightenment is both priceless and costs nothing)

"deeper and deeper in love so I hold my head up"

(...the deeper the speaker loves Christ and draws near, the easier it is to "hold my(his) head up" or overcome dark forces he's battling, see the light, have clarity and spiritual understanding,etc)

"cheaper than all the souls he will walk upon"

(...once again, so perhaps speaking in disbelief to ones self that he, the speaker, was disillusioned by the profiteer for so long)

"pillar of davidson feeling to hard to go down"

(...once again reassured by the strength, truth, light and love of Christ and His Pillar or faith/fortress/firmness/foundation)



CanadianDaves

@Jordan Sutherland
>Gets mad at very idea song not about Jesus isn't about Jesus.
>Gets irrationally defensive at suggestion of Christianity.

Hey, look, you wanna call your Lord "Holy Slime", you go right ahead. Obviously this song was Ed excising his own "Sword in the Stone" moments and deciding that while we're all the Ubermensch on some level, he was not truly the proximal catalyst in question, and letting out concepts of resentment ever so lightly. I was about 15 when I got this album, and I figured out what I think the meaning is less than half a year ago 20 years later. It went by me for a very long time too. It was designed to. 

"Tell me of the waters of your homeland, Usul."

ADDENDUM; and I only just now got Usul and Lufu as related names, so thank you very much, Jordan. That's a very important puzzle piece, Lufu being the originator of the Angle bloodline "Love", which is my mother's paternal line. 



TheRiverJordan

"Pillar Of Davidson"

"warm bodies, I sense"

(...speaker has an intuition there is more to our existence, then...)

"are not machines that can only make money"

(...human beings have a greater purpose...)

"past, perfect, tense
words for a feeling and all I've discovered"

(...intuition or "feeling" grows into new discovery. Dual meaning as the best way to describe the "feeling" is Past, Perfect, Tense or what's past is perfect and he's tense at understanding this perfection which is the word of God in the Past-tense or Bible. The Bible is perfect.)

"I'll be along son with medicine supposed to,
designed to make you high"

(...being spoken to, in a disjointed manner by whom we will see is the "profiteer" of Gods word, Using the Bible to make money. And using the Word to make you "high" or feel good. Also medicine to disenchant)

"I'll be along son
with words for a feeling and all I've discovered"

(...replacing what the "profiteer" is saying with the growing "feeling", which will become spiritual awakening)

"old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes"

(...those that cannot see the spiritual, also sounds suspiciously like "open eyes" in verse. Possible dual meaning)


"on loneliness comes
go see the foreman, go see the profiteer
on loneliness drives
we're takin' our time movin' shit for this holy slime"

(...verse confirms speaker has been referring to those who seek to profit from Gods word and not someone working an assembly line or caught in the basic 9 to 5, though there is dual meaning reflecting this in the verse "are not machines that can only make money", the deeper meaning refers to those who are spiritually misled for profit. One does not go see ones "foreman" if they are lonely. Spiritual loneliness is what is being referred to here and the subject is seeking enlightenment from a "profiteer" that does not offer true spiritual guidance, hence the speaker is left "moving shit for this holy slime" or false profit. Interesting duality to false profit and "profiteer". In this instance he is referring to religious profiteers.)

"old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes, almighty fear"

(...old bad eyes/ open eyes then "Almighty Fear" comes as the spiritual awakening begins and the speakers sees with new eyes in new enlightenment)

"the shepherd won't leave me alone
he's in my face and I
the shepherd of my days
and I want you here by my heart and my head,"

(...the Shepard is Jesus. The speakers spiritual awakening had begun and his "old bad eyes" have opened and Jesus is starring him in the face and won't leave him alone. He submits to Christ as "the shepherd of my days" and he wants Christ in his heart and head)

"I can't start till I'm dead"

(...or, I can't start till I'm reborn)

[Background Lyrics:]
(...background lyrics confirm much of what the song meaning is and reconcile the original intuition felt by the speaker)

"here I am locking horns with the stallion"

(...battling satan, or any negative impulse, personal demon, etc)

"failing to hold my head up, I'll go back again"

(...the speaker is and has been losing the battle, fearful he will "go back again" to an unenlightened state)

"pillar of davidson feeling to hard to go down"

(...Pillar of Davidson is Jesus also. Jesus was descended from King David, so in a sense he's David's son. Once the speaker has Jesus(pillar of Davidson) he can't "go down" or lose the battle or "go back again" as seen in the previous verse. The Pillar of Jesus or Christ "feeling" is too "hard" or strong to go down)

"cheaper than all the souls he will walk upon"

(...this spiritual awakening is "cheaper" or cost nothing monetarily to the speaker. "He" the profiteer will walk on souls. Many meanings in this line, as speaker could also be acknowledging what is the cost one ones soul or how ones soul is cheapened by the profiteers walking upon it and how glorious that true spiritual enlightenment is both priceless and costs nothing)

"deeper and deeper in love so I hold my head up"

(...the deeper the speaker loves Christ and draws near, the easier it is to "hold my(his) head up" or overcome dark forces he's battling, see the light, have clarity and spiritual understanding,etc)

"cheaper than all the souls he will walk upon"

(...once again, so perhaps speaking in disbelief to ones self that he, the speaker, was disillusioned by the profiteer for so long)

"pillar of davidson feeling to hard to go down"

(...once again reassured by the strength, truth, light and love of Christ and His Pillar or faith/fortress/firmness/foundation)



All comments from YouTube:

Shay Farley

this whole album is a master piece imo... so fuckin powerful. better than most modern crap.. this song always makes me philosophical haha.

Will Downey

Ya it is.

templeofgreed

shay farley with the exception of their 5th album their entire catalog was a masterpiece. 5th album had more bad than good.

Prancy Boots

I had this CD in the 90s, but only really listened to the hits. One night, in res at university in late 1999, I put this CD on with headphones to drown out my room mate's snoring. First time I listened to the whole CD. I've loved this song ever since. An incredibly underrated band.

Mike Talmarkes

shay farley absolutely

Gerry Sig

I completely agree. It got great reviews but at the same time swept under the rug.

ChumleyChumchizer

It is my belief that this is one of the last great rock concept albums. Listen from start to finish, don't cheat yourselves kids.

Plan 9

@Good Vibration fuck yeah

Plan 9

@michod* piss off douchebag

Grant Mourning

Maybe he meant to say album suppose to cover front to back of album with good content.

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