Frank Zappa's Jesus Thinks You’re A Jerk
Zappa's little snapshot of one aspect of the U.S. political domain around and about the 1988 election...
Yes, friends... Pass the plate around, friends... Join us, friends...
There's an ugly little weasel 'bout three-foot nine
Face puffed up from cryin' 'n lyin'
'Cause her sweet little hubby's
Suckin' prong part time
(In the name of The Lord)
Get a clue, little shrew
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Jesus thinks you're a jerk
Would he really choose Tammy to do His Work? Unh-unh
Robertson says that he's The One
Oh he sure is, if Armageddon
Is your idea of family fun,
An' he's got some planned for you!
(Now, tell me that ain't true)
Give me that old time religion!
Now, what if Jimbo's slightly gay,
Will Pat let Jimbo get away?
Everything we've heard him say
Indicates that Jim must pay,
(And it just might hurt a bit) Just a bit!
But keep that money rollin' in,
'Cause Pat and naughty Jimbo
Can't get enough of it (let's dance!)
Perhaps it's their idea
Of an Affirmative Action Plan
To give White Trash a 'special break';
Well, they took those Jeezo-bucks and ran
To the bank! To the bank! To the bank! To the bank!
And every night we can hear them thank
Their Buddy, up above
For sending down his love
(While you all smell the glove)
Henry Cisneros, ladies and gentlemen!
Jim and Pat should take a pole
(Right up each saintly glory-hole),
With tar and feathers too -
Just like they'd love to do to you
('Cause they think you are bad -
Yes, they do!
And they are very mad)
'Cause some folks don't want prayer in school!
(We'd need an ark to survive the drool
Of Micro-publicans, raised on hate,
And 'Jimbo-Jumbo' when they graduate)
Convinced they are 'The Chosen Ones' -
And all their parents carry guns,
(Hey, look! Godzilla!)
And hold them cards in the N.R.A.
(Ah, hellfire, Melvin, hey hee!)
(With their fingers on the trigger
When they kneel and pray)
("I mean that... "
With a Ku-Klux muu-muu
In the back of the truck,
If you ain't Born Again,
They wanna mess you up, screamin':
"No abortion, no-siree!"
"Life's too precious, can't you see!"
(What's that hangin' from a neighbor's tree?
Why, it looks like 'colored folks' to me -
Would THEY do THAT...
They've been doin' it for years!
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the dynamic Eric Buxton
Imagine if you will,
A multi-millionaire TV Evangelist,
Saved from Korean Combat duty by his father, a U.S. Senator
Studied law -
But is not qualified to practice it
Father of a "love child"
Who, in adulthood, hosts the remnants
Of papa's religious propaganda program
Claims not to be a "Faith Healer,"
But has, in the past,
Dealt sternly with everything from hemorrhoids to hurricanes
Involved with funding for an 'undeclared war' in Central America
Claiming Ronald Reagan and Oliver North as close friends
Involved in suspicous 'tax-avoidance schemes',
(Under investigation for 16 months by the I.R.S.)
Claims to be a MAN OF GOD;
Currently seeking the United States Presidency,
Hoping we will all follow him into -
The Twilight Zone
But, hey! What if Pat gets in the White House,
(No ***kin' way, Ike,
You know what I mean)
The rights of 'certain people' disappear
Now, wouldn't that sort of qualify
As an American Tragedy?
(Especially if they cover it up, sayin'
"Jesus told it to me!"
(I mean vapor tight, we're like this, okay?
I mean that)
I hope we never see that day,
(I mean that. Right here. It's hot. It's hot.)
In The Land of The Free -
Or someday will we?
And if you don't know by now,
The truth of what I'm tellin' you,
Then, surely I have failed somehow -
Surely I have failed somehow
Surely I have failed somehow
And Jesus will think I'm a jerk, just like you -
If you let those TV Preachers
Make a monkey out of you!
"Jesus will think you're a jerk"
And it would be true!
There's an old rugged cross
In the land of the Stainless Maiden -
It's just burnin' on the lawn
But this person looks like Tom Braden!
Jim and Tammy!
You gotta go!
You really got to go!
Jim and Tammy got to go