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song lyric sundayAs the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.”

Seriously, though, music is part of my daily life. I sing every day. I’m always listening and/or dancing to something. So when I found Song Lyric Sunday, I just had to participate!

This week’s theme is shadowand DJ Tara’s choice… is by a band she has loved since she was a wee one of 13.


I was obsessed. They were cute, talented, nearby. I got to meet them. I’ve seen them oodles of times. And, luckily for listeners, they’ve gotten to be even better songwriters as they’ve aged.

The song I chose for today is by The Hooters from their 1993 release, Out of Body. The song, Shadow of Jesus, reminds fans of All You Zombies (from Nervous Night) and also foreshadows singer/guitarist/songwriter Eric Bazilian’s biggest hit, One of Us, musically and thematically.

Also, as a recovering Catholic, I’m a fan of artists who explore themes through religious imagery (see also: Tori Amos’ God, Alanis Morissette’s Forgiven, and a bevy of Indigo Girls songs).

And besides that, it’s just a cool song, especially the lyrics telling the story of someone who can’t possibly live up to another and/or dealing with a martyr, and the melancholy tones, the strings, the cool keyboards, and the rockin’ guitar solo.

Put your cross down for a few minutes and chill out to the sounds of The Hooters and Shadow of Jesus.

Shadow Of Jesus by The Hooters (from Genius.com)

What happened to the heart that I gave you
What are you hiding in your chest these days
You wanted somebody to save you
I wanted someone who could not be saved

Living in the shadow of Jesus
It’s so hard to bear your cross every day
Was it easy for you
Christ, it’s murdering me
Now I’m down on my knees with a reason to pray

You tell me experiences changed you
From where I’m looking that’s not hard to see
You wanted out and how could I blame you
When I’m not looking are you blaming me

Living in the shadow of Jesus
It’s so hard to bear your cross every day
Was it easy for you
Christ, it’s murdering me
Now I’m down on my knees with a reason to pray

We’ve shifted into meaningless chatter
This kind of talking could go on for days
We’ve been through the heart of the matter
Don’t make no difference at the end of the day

Living in the shadow of Jesus
It’s so hard to bear your cross every day
Was it easy for you
Christ, it’s murdering me
Now I’m down on my knees with a reason to pray

© Eric Bazilian and Glenn Goss


This post is part of Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. Read this week’s theme post here. Read her choice for this week here.

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday ~ Shadow

  1. sorryless says:

    As a recovering Catholic myself, I can appreciate this post, and do.

    And Amos, Morrisette and the Indigo Girls . . Hall of Fame right there!

    Peace and The Hooters!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tara says:

      Thanks much. Awww. Peace and The Hooters to you, too.

      Like

  2. ghostmmnc says:

    A new one for me. Good music, and I like the lyrics. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tara says:

      Glad you enjoyed!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. herheadache says:

    Lots of new ones, to me, this week for SLS. Love the exploration and examination of religious themes through music. Love the tempo of this one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tara says:

      Glad you enjoyed. The tempo, the bass line — two of my favorite things about this song.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I love your line “recovering catholic”. As someone who has found my way to the other side of organized religion, I find it a refreshing take.

    I’ve loved every song I’ve heard by The Hooters and this one is no exception. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tara says:

      Glad to know another member of “the club.” I’m glad you enjoyed the song, too.

      Liked by 1 person

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