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This is Your Brain on Jesus
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I was forced to listen to Tim McGraw's "Drugs or Jesus" in the car today (don't ask).

Here are the lyrics for your edification:


In my home town
For anyone who sticks around
You're either lost or you're found
There's not much in between
In my home town
Everything's still black and white
It's a long, long way from wrong to right
From Sunday morning to Saturday night

Everybody just wants to get high
Sit and watch a perfect world go by
We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives
We follow the roads that lead us
To drugs or Jesus

My whole life
I've tried to run, I've tried to hide
From the stained glass windows in my mind
Refusing to let God's light shine
Down on me
Down on me

Everybody just wants to get high
Sit and watch a perfect world go by
We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives
There's not much space between us
Drugs or Jesus

Everybody wants acceptance
We all just want some proof
Everyone's just looking for the truth

Everybody just wants to get high
Sit and watch a perfect world go by
We're all looking for love and meaning in our lives
We follow the roads that lead us
To drugs or Jesus


I'm guessing that the dichotomy here is between "the truth", Jesus, and "drugs", which I'm not sure he means literally as recreational pharmaceuticals, but any other sort of delusion that we buy into that's not Jesus. I think he also uses "drugs" as a catchall for a wayward, sinful life, including womanizing, drinking, lying, that sort of thing.

Anyway, I despise country music in general, and I despise this song in particular as well, for obvious reasons. I have some sympathy for the "I'm a redneck and proud of it" flavor of song (though I still don't like it), I was a little surprised to hear a country song with lyrics so much like gospel.

Ah well...here's hoping I never have to hear it again.


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