Zen and The Art of Xenophobia: Music Video & Explanation
This is the third of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The third song on the list is “The Zen and The Art of Xenophobia” We released a “new” music video back in November 2013 for the song via AltPress.com along with a short interview with Reese. You can see the new music video below, the words to the song and Reese’s explanation. 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.
“Zen & The Art of Xenophobia” by Five Iron Frenzy
From their album “Engine of a Million Plots”
Directed by Ryan Grams
Video premiered online first at AltPress.com
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the zen and the art of xenophobia
Cling to your god and guns,
the banjo’s playing Hot Cross Buns,
Bucket seats set to recline
no need to cross the county line.
Are the Arabs closing ranks,
about to roll some Russian tanks?
Shut the doors and save the kids,
lock and load- just like Jesus did.
The United States of Amnesia
make us numb, make it dumb, anesthesia.
Cut the cord, close the door, we don’t know ya,
it’s the zen and the art of xenophobia
Let’s keep them separate,
melanin just can’t succeed.
“Give me liberty… or something.”
It’s better if you just don’t read.
Crank your phasers up to “slaughter”
Turn your wine back into water.
When you play this song-Al Qaida wins,
and Jesus was American.
Explanation of the song by Reese Roper:
This is what you can do when you don’t have a record label. Also, this is what living in the gun-crazy center of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, does to you in an election year. I really believe that the Biblical model is to let Christianity influence our politics, not to be the politics. There are few things more embarrassing for me, than the endless parade of jack-wads currently using the name of Jesus Christ for political gain in this country. Historically, the name of Christ has been used since the first century to justify countless atrocities. You would think that in a country that has barely just emerged from slavery and institutionalized racism- we would approach things with a bit more caution. We still don’t get it. Stop using the name of Jesus in your politics. Our political machine is driven by fear and greed, and the promise of those two things. Neither one of them being an attribute espoused by anyone in the New Testament. Especially Jesus. Our nation is split in two, with one side parading xenophobic madness as a means of political gain. This is not how Christ taught us to behave.
PS- Christians: If you think that things like taking care of the Earth, treating women and people with different color skin than yours as equals, protecting children from being mowed down with semi-automatic rifles, feeding and clothing the poor, taking care of widows, the sick, and the elderly- are political stances, you are being used. You have two jobs as a Christian, to love God, and to love others. If your politics are getting in the way of that, if your fear is keeping others from doing that- then please rethink your life.