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Portugal. The Man - Modern Jesus

[Intro]
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[Verse 1]
Come on in take a seat next to me
You know we got, we got what you need
We may be liars preaching to choirs
But we can, we can sell you dreams
You don't need sympathy
They got a pill for everything
Just take that dark cloud
Wring it out to wash it down, but

[Chorus]
Don't pray for us
We don't need no Modern Jesus to roll with us
The only rule we need is never givin' up
The only faith we have is faith in us

[Post-Chorus]
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In an interview with NPR, lead singer John Gourley explained that the message of the song as a whole was to simply say that it is better to have faith in yourself than in God. Gourley claims that he would rather spend time trying to improve his life on Earth than spend time hoping that his life will magically be improved. This song, like many Portugal. The Man tunes, features the theme of atheism or not having strict beliefs in a certain line of faith. In this point of the album, the narrator starts to embrace his “evilness” as he concludes that he can’t live a righteous life. "We were in El Paso, Texas, we’re going to make the record ourselves, we’re going to self produce, but you get a call that Danger Mouse wants to check it out, you have to do it. He’s one of those kind of iconic producers of today. Visconte would get up and he’d play the bass with Bowie. That’s really important in a producer — a producer that can step up and play a keyboard, play a bass, play a guitar and help you with things, instead of just saying ‘I think this could be better.’ Take “Modern Jesus” for example. He just stood up at one point and said ‘Man, I think I got something,’ and he played the keyboard hook in that song." —John Gourley, wbur

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