Yesterday’s track was about doubting god… today’s is the polar opposite.
Williams was inspired to write this song by the displays of evangelical belief she saw around her growing up in Louisiana. The sort of people who believe in an inerrant Bible and are willing to take up snakes to prove their faith.
She plays it straight — I could see this song being amplified on a Sunday morning to rile up the mega-church crowd. While I imagine she doesn’t condone any of the behavior she’s describing, I like that she doesn’t judge it within the song. She just lays it out there for what it is. She reports, you decide.
I would dance around with seven
I would kiss the diamond back
If I knew it would get me to heaven
‘Cause I want to get right with God
Yes, you know you got to get right with God
I would burn the soles of my feet
Burn the palms of both my hands
If I could learn and be complete
If I could walk righteously again
I would sleep on a bed of nails
‘Till my back was torn and bleeding
In the deep darkness of Hell
The Damascus of my meeting
I asked God about his plan
To save us all from Satan’s slaughter
If I give up one of my lambs
Will you take me as one of your daughters?