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D’you see the face on the TV screen coming at you every Sunday? _ See the face on the billboard? _ Well, that man is me
- *Do you see the face…? He says Sunday as a reference to being a holy or spiritual figure.
On the cover of a magazine _ There’s no question why I’m smiling _ You buy a piece of paradise, you buy a piece of me
- Buying a piece of paradise has the same feeling as buying a plot of land as if going to heaven were a business transaction.
I’ll get you everything you wanted _ I’ll get you everything you need _ You don’t need to believe in the hereafter
- The “hereafter” is another way to talk about life after death.
Just believe in me _ ‘Cause Jesus, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ I’ve been talking to Jesus _ All my life _ Oh yes, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ Well, he’s been telling me everything is alright _ I believe in the family _ With my ever-loving wife beside me
- Putting “ever” before some verbs can make them mean that something is lasting or persisting. “He is ever talking about that same TV show.” Ever-loving is the most popular usage, though, especially in music.
But she don’t know about my girlfriend _ Or the man I met last night
- *She doesn’t know about… His wife doesn’t know about his undercover actions. It presents how, often, people who show to be perfect in front of others have problems and secrets like anyone else, even religious leaders.
Do you believe in God? _ ‘Cause that is what I’m selling
- He’s using the image or idea of God to make money and fame.
And if you wanna get to heaven _ Well, I’ll see you right
- “I’ll see you right” means that he’ll make what you want happen.
You won’t even have to leave your house _ Or get out of your chair _ You don’t even have to touch that dial _ ‘Cause I’m everywhere
- “Don’t touch that dial” has been a popular phrase on TV commercials and programs where the presenter tries to keep the attention of the audience. “Dial” is another word for “remote control.” He’s “everywhere” references the omnipresence of God, being everywhere. However, he is everywhere in the sense of media, like on TV, magazines, radio, etc. He’s also making it as easy as possible to participate in his “scheme,” since you can even join inside your house from a chair.
Jesus, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ I’ve been talking to Jesus _ All my life _ Oh yes, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ Well, he’s been telling me everything’s gonna be alright _ Won’t find me practicing what I’m preaching
- *You won’t find me… “Practice what you preach” is a common way to say that someone actually does (or should do) what they say they are going to do. “You need to practice what you preach, man.”
Won’t find me making no sacrifice
- Double negatives! *You won’t find me making any sacrifices. He might be using incorrect grammar on purpose to show the ignorance or lack of professionalism of the types of people who try to cheat others.
But I can get you a pocketful of miracles
- This “pocketful of miracles” sounds like it’s from a book or movie. Sometimes using “a pocketful” makes the object a lot more dreamy and positive. Think of that song “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield.
If you promise to be good, try to be nice _ God will take good care of you _ Well, just do as I say, don’t do as I do
- It sounds like a church sermon! Except at the end, there is a twist. The ultimate phrase of a hypocrite.
Well, I’m counting my blessings _ As I’ve found true happiness _ ‘Cause I’m a-getting richer _ Day by day
- To “count blessings” is to show gratitude or think of ways that you are grateful for something. He says, “I’m a-getting—” It’s an old-fashioned way to talk, but used nowadays sarcastically. It doesn’t really mean anything itself. “He’s a-running, he’s a-going!”
You can find me in the phone book _ Just call my toll-free number
- “Call our toll-free number” is a popular phrase in advertising to get people to call and ask about a product. It means that the call is free.
You can do it any way you want _ Just do it right away
- “Right away” means “right now,” just in case you didn’t know.
And there’ll be no doubt in your mind _ You’ll believe everything I’m saying _ If you wanna get closer to Him _ Get on your knees and start paying
- “Him” with a capital “H” is used to refer to God or Jesus, generally. He plays with the idea of getting on your knees to pray, but he says instead to pay. Essentially, the “worship” is directed toward him and not to God. Again, hypocrisy.
‘Cause Jesus, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ I’ve been talking to Jesus _ All my life _ Oh yes, he knows me _ And he knows I’m right _ Well, he’s been telling me everything’s gonna be alright
- It seems like he is two people in this song. Phil as a preacher is saying that Jesus knows he’s right and supports his claims. This is how corrupt religious leaders justify their followers’ having to pay for services, saying that “Jesus knows I’m right!” But, Phil as the singer of Genesis is saying that he knows what Jesus wants and, maybe, it’s to prove how corrupt these false leaders are. It might not really be about Jesus, but about pure intentions vs. corruption and hypocrisy, since I’m not sure if Genesis were ever religious or not.
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