Song Explanation: “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge”
This is the eighth of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The eighth song on the list is “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge.” You can find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation.
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I am Jack’s Smirking Revenge
Can’t you feel the angst just eating at you?
Tape your knuckles for the fight.
Someone said the first shall be the last,
see you on the streets tonight.
And if you change your mind,
here and now- with the rising tide,
if you change your mind
cast your nets on the other side.
You are not the contents of your wallet,
you are not the space you rent.
When you’re eighty-five with no scars to show
the winner of our discontent.
Whose lips have you been kissing?
Hang your future from a blade.
Win it all, but something’s missing
maybe drank the wrong Kool-Aid?
Explanation from Reese Roper:
It’s pretty sad when you can gather more truth from the movie Fight Club (or the book, which is cool, if you’re into, you know, reading), than you can from 90 percent of what the modern church is peddling. Hey guess what? Jesus was homeless. On purpose! He said money is at the root of all evil. He said to pay your taxes and submit to your authorities! All of the Commandments can be solved by just loving God, and loving others. It’s really easier than picketing the funerals of dead Marines, and far less embarrassing for the rest of us. Love? Remember that? You should check it out.