Jesus Shootin' Heroin

"Jesus Shootin' Heroin'" makes liberal lyrical quotations from other sources. The opening lines, "Well, I never really understood religions/ Except it seems a good reason to kill," are from the Ten Years After song, "Religion." The lines, "The police in New York City/ Chased a boy, right through the park/ In a case of mistaken identities/ They put a bullet through his heart," are from The Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)." Other lyrical connections may exist but have not yet been identified.

Wayne wrote "Jesus Shootin' Heroin" for Mark to sing before he left the band, and a demo version with Mark's vocals was released on the Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid set.


Well, I never really understood religions
Except it seems a good reason to kill
Everybody's got their own conceptions
And you know, they always will
These days are needles under my skin
Jesus shootin' heroin
Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh!

If there are priests at your party
And you're playing cards that are numbered
And you got no reason to think it
Until your chances are uncovered
Tell me that I got to believe in
Jesus shootin' heroin
Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh!

The police in New York City
Chased a boy, right through the park
In a case of mistaken identities
They put a bullet through his heart

I met Mary on the corner with the streetlights
She asked me if I'd come up to her room
I told her that I didn't have no money
She said she had to leave pretty soon

I decided that I would go in
Jesus shootin' heroin, heeey!
Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh! Ahhh!

Live

The Lips played "Jesus Shootin' Heroin'" throughout their early years. At multiple shows, they inserted "U.F.O. Story" into the middle section of the song.

 

Live Performances

12/23/1985 San Francisco CA USA I-Beam
The Brain has documented 7 Performances
The Brain has documented 5 Live Downloads available
03/22/1989 Charlotte NC USA Pteradactyl Club Download Available
11/30/1988 Copenhagen Denmark Barbue Download Available
03/11/1988 New Brunswick NJ USA Cook Student Center At Rutgers University Download Available
02/27/1988 Bozeman MT USA The Molly Brown  
02/08/1988 Norman OK USA University Of Oklahoma Student Union Download Available
10/18/1986 Bozeman MT USA Filling Station  
12/23/1985 San Francisco CA USA I-Beam Download Available

 


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