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#1 Sep 10, 2006
I can fully understand why someone might interpret 'Godspell' as somehow being anti-religion. The lyrics are somewhat esoteric (in my opinion.) I even had a somewhat different take on what the song was about at one point, but this quote from Magnus Sveningsson explains that the inspiration for the song has more to do with a specific sect rather than religion in general:
"Your work filters many things; Swedish folk, literature and politics. There is a recurring theme of conflict and conquest.
Magnus: I don’t know; guess some of the moody stuff comes from folklore, Swedish or elsewhere...
...We've never flashed our political views in music though we’re all lefties/green parties. I guess "Godspell" is the first political song in our career. Nina wrote the lyrics about a big scandal within a Swedish sect-like church where the priest was fooling around a lot and then had his mistress kill his wife or something like that. Hence the "it's not murder, it's an act of faith" line at the end. But basically it's about people who willingly give up their own speech to authorities. Priests or politicians, men in power are all the same.[The Event Guide, Ireland]"
That said. It's darn fine tune.
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