This is about the Doubting Thomas from the Bible, who’s begging for forgiveness because he didn’t believe until he saw Jesus resurrected and alive.
This song is about sin and redemption that traverses the dark side of Los Angeles. It references Christ’s parable of the prodigal son, who after running away and squandering his share of his father’s inheritance, returns and is welcomed back by his forgiving dad.
Wishbone Ash bass player Martin Turner researched this song by studying The Bible. It’s about the Christian idea that when the world ends, those who believe will be saved.
The song starts with Woody Harrelson reading from Matthew 9:10-12, which describes the calling of St. Matthew. The Hunger Games actor recorded his contribution in a trailer while on location in Italy.
This song takes place in a hospital setting where the patient is in a great deal of pain. The lyrics don’t make much sense, which could simulate the delirious condition of the patient.
This song is about acceptance. Those who follow blindly (sheep) are accepted or go to heaven, and those who form their own opinions are goats and are not accepted or go to hell.
Foreman, who is the lead singer of Switchfoot, wrote this song about Jesus and his death on the cross, but from the perspective of one of the thieves that died with Him.
The Prodigal Son is a story told in the Bible about a father who has two sons. The younger son asks for his inheritance early and goes off to spend the money on hedonistic pursuits.
Some people are offended by the lyrics and fail to realize that the song is not meant to be sacrilegious but is actually aimed at those who cheapen the image of Jesus by selling plastic gee-gaws, cheap little trinkets in His image and other religious kitsch.
Like many of The Stone Roses songs, this contains biblical references. For instance, the line “You feel my flow and you flood my brain” has its origin in John’s Gospel, where Jesus proclaimed in John 7 v37-38, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”