Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Yet more fan mail.

"There's A Place"

I got this message on Myspace about the song "There's A Place" which I've posted for your listening/injustice seeking pleasure.

what is it about?
[Name withheld]
9/11/2009 10:21 PM
To: Paul Chesne

Just curious. i dont listen to lyrics as much as I listen to guitar licks but I had a few questions.

"It's not about Jesus, It's not about money" that could refer to Charlatan preachers but why not aim the daggers towards Charalatan preachers , not an intire faith of people. If you said something against Muslims it would be ethnic hatred.

Here is my response:


I appreciate your interest in my song. If you think this song is about aiming daggers at an entire faith of people that could be construed as ethnic hatred, perhaps you should listen to something more bland. There's plenty of that to go around. Every religion wants your money. I use Jesus as a synecdoche for all religions. Could just as easily have said Buddha, Muhammad, Moses. It's a love song for a girl. She and I can be poor in the dirty city streets, but something bigger can make us happy. For me it ain't Jesus. It ain't money. I wish you the best if either of those things are what make you happy. I am not here to preach. I don't believe in any god. I have enough trouble believing in myself. I live and let live. Best of luck to you [name withheld].

Here are the lyrics:

There’s A Place I’d Like To Show You
It’s somewhere not too far
You got to keep your head up
Stop shufflin’ your feet
It’s not about Jesus
I don’t want your money

There’s A Place I’d Like To Show You
Gnarled up piece of paper on the ground
Throw away your Starbucks
Ignore that bum over there
And the one over here
Singin’ you this song

Right here in the filth
In the middle of the city
Where everyone is busy
And the cactus paints the shadows on the rise

Put the safety on your gun
Give away your drugs
Get peaceful in your mind
Open up your eyes
Either that or close ‘em tight
Gimme all your love

Your love can make me cum
And I can give you some
Put your hand in my cookie jar
What are we fighting for
It’s not about Jesus
I don’t want your money
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