Chocolate Jesus (tom waits cover)

by Exe Sheppard

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I fucking love tom waits man;

just dig this...

"Chocolate Jesus"
Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
But I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more

I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Abba Zaba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied


I used to be a real church mouse when I was young; Altar boy and everything.. the whole shebang. I stopped going because I wanted to spend some time hanging out with the homeless and my priest thought this was a bad idea switching church time for charity. Diddn’t sit well with me and never made sense until I heard “chocolate Jesus” by Tom Waits.

The whole tune is about faith and the pragmatism of it. The idea of church has always been a place of peace and knowledge; but for some reason whenever you get to a church or synagogue or temple its hard to really find it. I found mass more like a dance then a peaceful pursuit of truth; all the droning prayers boring church music and droning performance of truth. Half the time he priest looked like was going though the motions and its hard to find truth who’s just half assing their message.

Religion and faith has always been more about yourself and finding your own pursuit of good; instead of going to church the singer in this song goes in their own pursuit of good.. Zelda Lee’s Candy store.
A beautiful metaphor of how truth can be found in the simplest of places.

ON THE OTHER HAND....

what IF there was a ideal source of peace but it was not in chocolate? wouldn’t then the song be about someone worshipping a false idol? This is where Tom Waits makes his point during his performance on the late show where he brings up the shitty little wafers they would “turn into Jesus Christ” and calls a large part of the catholic faith out on a very interesting problem.

Why not chocolate? Why not anything else for that matter?

Its this song that brings up a very interesting point of faith; of how much of yourself is superstition and how much of yourself is truth. Tom Waits is very careful not to really have a side as much as just explains this character which allows the observer to see a situation for what it is.
Just by telling the situation by a lyrical example is the perfect perspective on how to handle differentiating the difference between two perspectives. If your superstitious then Chocolate Jesus is a mockery of faith and an important thing to address in yourself; if your a truth-er then Chocolate Jesus is enlightenment on how silly superstitions don’t hold the same sway as they used to. Whichever side of the coin your on you should definitely check out more Tom Waits!

-Exe Sheppard

lyrics

"Chocolate Jesus"
Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
But I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more

I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Abba Zaba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's ok
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

credits

released December 31, 2016
song written by: Tom Waits
Recorded in a kitchen and studio,
recorded by: Exe Sheppard

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