Now I laugh and make a fortune off the same ones that I tortured / and a world screams, “Kiss me, Son of God!”

Lincoln, track 18: Kiss Me, Son of God. (Listen on iTunes)

I think this was the first song I ever heard that dared to confront the entirety of Christianity, and basically call the whole scam out and shine a light on it (I hadn’t discovered Monty Python yet in 1988). Son of God always felt like a dangerous little secret to me then, with its cynical view of both humanity and religion, its warning of church as a money-making scheme, and the willingness of the flock to contribute to their own exploitation. I recognize the message here now as one of the basic tenets of any argument against organized religion, but for my early-teenaged brain at the time, this song kind of punched my worldview and showed me that music could be more than just love songs.