[lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

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[lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by adri » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:44 pm

The following lyrics are unofficial and may contain errors. Discuss changes, corrections and interpretations below.

Don't Worship the Devil

don't worship the devil
don't!
don't let your mouth become an open grave

don't worship the devil
don't!

my lies, my pride, my selfishness
sing past the word
i am a new creation

i suffered, i killed,
i swore for him

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by Silent Chorus » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:42 pm

hi, i just heard Love Is Real a few days ago and it has been blowing me away each time i listen to it. i was not expecting this cheesy-seeming music to be so powerful. but it is, to me. i personally think Maus made this album about love and God. whether or not that's true, i have no idea. but that's nonetheless the empowering meaning i get out of the album. i don't know anything about Maus and haven't listened to Arial Pink. if anyone has any insights into who Maus is and where he's coming from, i'd love to hear them.

as for "Don't Worship the Devil." long story short, i was reading some of the psalms out of the Bible earlier today and i came upon this passage:

Psalm 5:9

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.

This passage is referring to sinners who don't love or live in God. So i suggest that the line "Don't let your mouth become an old grave" should be changed to "Don't let your mouth become an open grave." and if you listen to the song, it actually sounds like he's saying "open" rather than "old."

Peace everyone.

Jason

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by adri » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:02 am

definitely open grave
thanks!

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by humblehumbug » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:53 pm

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by W » Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:51 am

could be that WMP thought the song was by that artist, or the soulseek person tagged it wrong. I'd hardly expect WMP to have John Maus in their database at this point

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by jessi » Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:20 am

abcd652, your lyrics submissions are completely incorrect

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by nikos » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:48 am

LOL

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by Diddy32 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:26 pm

I'd hardly expect WMP to have John Maus in their database at this point...Web Application Mania
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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by serevans » Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:14 am

One of my favourite lyrics

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Re: [lyrics] Don't Worship the Devil

Post by ershe » Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:57 am

Silent Chorus wrote:Psalm 5:9

Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.

This passage is referring to sinners who don't love or live in God. So i suggest that the line "Don't let your mouth become an old grave" should be changed to "Don't let your mouth become an open grave." and if you listen to the song, it actually sounds like he's saying "open" rather than "old."

Peace everyone.

Jason
Well, my take on this situation is... I do not think John Maus is interested at all in "sinners who don't love or live in God" or in considering this concept a viable way to view the world. Interpreting JM is not an easy task, and I am one brain, but based off his beautiful catalogue and distinct existential, "beyond good and evil" approach, when biblical terminology is used JM is not holding the view as a believer in the dogma enforced by the religious corporations that have taken possession of said texts.

Fortunately, the Old Testament in particular, is a beautiful, complex compilation that folk from all corners may embrace for their subjective edification.

Even though Don't Worship the Devil doesn't elaborate much lyric wise, you can definitely draw conclusions that are not related to any dogmatic, collective mentality. JM (and Ariel Pink for that matter) writes, sings, performs from a place very opposing to the conventions of pop culture (anywhere from music to organized religion). And that is a key to JM's music and why it is so affecting, the paradox of religious/pop melodies, drum machine, synth organ, fused with a deep current of chaotic, sensual, amoral, counter-moral... (etc) psychology.

"Don't worship the devil", the line in the song, is not uttered from a literal, traditional, dogmatic perspective, but from what the devil represents in our psychology as a symbol, first how it's kind of hilarious people's fear of this devil and demons (not to say spiritual forces do not exist, only that spiritual forces do not adhere to ideas proposed by a specific religion) and this is often self-inflicted, second as the vices and detriments to our personal being and community and that to engage in these destructive behaviors can undermine our character and relationships. To go so far as calling one a sinner and the other a saint is impossible without including that the saint is also a sinner, and the sinner at times a saint.

"Don't let your mouth become an open grave" - thanks for providing the lovely reference from Psalms. It is difficult to say much and be conclusive.

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