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Lyrical Nonsense VIII

Tin Machine have been used regularly by both music fans and press as a cheap shot at David Bowie, or as a quick summation of his 1980s critical nadir . Nevertheless, the song “Bus Stop” from their self-titled album sums up my opinion in regards to organized religion in a two-minute pop song.

There’s a cry that is heard in the city
Froom Vivian at Pentecost Lane
A shriekin’ and dancing till 4 a.m.
Another night of muscles and pain
I love you despite your convictions
That God never laughs at my jokes

I’m a young man at odds with the Bible
But I don’t pretend faith never works
When we’re down on our knees
Prayin’ at the bus stop

Now Jesus he came in a vision
And offered you redemption from sin
I’m not sayin’ that I don’t believe you
But are you sure that it really was him
I’ve been told that it could’ve been blue cheese
Or the meal that we ate down the road

I’m a young man at odds with the Bible
But I don’t pretend faith never works
When we’re down on our knees
Prayin’ at the bus stop

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