Hi, I won't post an analysis for the whole song yet as it needs more time to reflect on, but I'll post my reflections of the verse which caught my attention the most.
Here, I feel that manson delivers a message to the hypocrate chirstians who consider their book a sacred one blindly without really thinking about it deeply or reading it with a critical eye apart from false belief.So take your little black book
I see the way that you look into it
here, I recall what Manson mentioned earlier in some interviews,especially during Hollywood era, that he has a different interpretation of the bible than what the traditional Christians usually have.I see the way that you look into it
On this verse, I have the feeling,might be wrong, that manson talks about the old tastement and it's stories .We will find the phrase "sweet as honey" in the old tastement, to be more precise it is in the psalms,psalm 119.Here in the verse the prophet David(or whomever wrote this) says about God's words:And all the pages you spread,
‘Sweet as honey,’ you said
But I’m choking on your bitter stories
commentary for this verse:How sweet are your words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I think that manson here mocks the verse and what the prophet says as well that god's words are sweet as honey for him because he believes ,maybe he hides the fact they are irrational, while in fact they are full of violence and hatred.How sweet are thy words unto my taste!.... Who had a spiritual one; and could discern perverse things, and could taste how good and gracious the Lord is: and so his words were sweet unto him; the doctrines of grace, the truths of the Gospel, were delightful and pleasant to him; like unadulterated milk, desirable by him: like good wine, that goes down sweetly; like good food, that is exceeding palatable; or like honey, and even sweeter than that, as follows. And that words "may be tasted and eaten", is not only agreeable to Scripture language, Jeremiah 15:16; but to classical writers (g);
Here manson mentions that these sweet as honey words in fact cause him to choke because of their content.They are sweet as honey for David or for the blind believers whilst being bitter for the critical minds that doesn't believe every word before thinking about it in terms of logic and rationality. I remember that Manson talked a lot about the violent content in the bible in a lot of occasions and how the bible is responsible for the violence.When Manson was asked about the columbine and the violence he gave a thoughtful speech that was synced live circa 2000 about the violence in the bible(I lost the link to it) and it's role in shaping the christian and the american culture .He mentioned the same thing again when he was asked about the Italian girls who shot a nun with a firearm.Moreover, he recited verses from the bible in one of his concerts during the GGG tour to show the audience and whoever listens to him that the stories in the old testament are far more violent than any of his songs.But I’m choking on your bitter stories
That was my interpretation for that verse.I welcome any ideas that would help and make the discussion much more interesting.