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AFI - God Called In Sick Today

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Uploaded on May 10, 2008

God Called in Sick Today is the second part of what is essentially a musical trilogy of At a Glance, GCiST, and the hidden song, and Midnight Sun. They all deal with Christian dogma. At a Glance is from the perspective of Jesus before he is taken by the Romans, when he is praying to God. Jesus sees everything falling apart and knows that his disciples are powerless to help him ("No haven ... hold"). He wonders whether or not he will be remembered by his followers after he dies, or if they will forget him and move on (as was common at that time with messiahs). "Quick to deny that their open to deceit" directly addresses Peter, who said that he would not deny Jesus, but then did.

This song, God Called in Sick Today, is while Jesus is on the cross. The first verse is referencing Jesus' role as the final sacrifice. The use of "twisting vine" and "filigree" is a reference to the crown of thorns. A filigree is a type of gold ornament, like what a crown normally is. Then the chorus references Mary and the disciples who are lamenting his death, but Jesus laughs inside because he understands how things have to be and that his death is not the end. The next stanza is about the New Testament. With his death and resurrection, Jesus will amend the Bible and close what is a rather violent, earth bound work with a new ending of hope. "And miles away my mother cried / Omnipotence, nurturing malevolence" is directed right at Mary, and how God the Father is the cause of this pain for his mother, who is so far away because Jesus is passing on.

Midnight Sun is the most ambiguous. It is either describing Jesus' descent into Hell, or the role of the Devil as he awaits the rise of an antichrist.

i screwed up the second part of the chorus.
it's "and miles away my mother CRIED." instead of cries... don't know where i got cries.

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