Essential Songs: Jesus Freak by dc talk

dc talk essential songs Jesus Freak

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What do you get when you combine Michael Tait’s fascination with grunge,  Toby Mac’s deeply rooted hip hop roots and Kevin Max’s otherworldly vocals?  You get the pinnacle of dc talk’s artistic output.  Released in 1995, “Jesus Freak” marked a dramatic departure from dc talk’s previous CCM boy band style.  “Jesus Freak” sounds like the Beastie Boys re-imagining Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, with one dramatic difference. Rather than celebrating degrading Bboy antics or lamenting the hopelessness of a generation of teens, “Jesus Freak” screams dc talk’s declaration of their relationship with Christ. The lyrics call us to be ourselves and, if you let your freak out, be a freak for your faith.

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Jesus Freak
Toby McKeehan and Mark Heimermann

[What will people think
When they hear that I'm a Jesus Freak?
What will people do
When they find that's it's true?]

Separated, I cut myself clean
From a past that comes back in my darkest of dreams
Been apprehended by a spiritual force
And a grace that replaced all the me I’ve divorced

I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wiggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what he said
Cause I had to match the rhythm
Of his belly with my head
‘Jesus Saves’ is what he raved in a typical tattoo green
He stood on a box in the middle of the city
And claimed he had a dream

(chorus)
What will people think
When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it’s true
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth

[There ain't no disguising the truth
No I aint into hiding...the truth.]

Kamikaze, my death is gain
I’ve been marked by my Maker
A peculiar display
The high and lofty, they see me as weak
Cause I won’t live and die for the power they seek

There was a man from the desert with naps on his head
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke made the people assume
There wasn’t too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face
They thought he was crazed by the locusts he ate
Y’see, the Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak
Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak

What will people think
When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it’s true
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth

What will people think
When they hear that I’m a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it’s true
I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain’t no disguising the truth

[No I aint into hiding...]

People say I’m strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger
People say I’m strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger

Can you let the freak out in you? In post modern America can you be hip and declare your faith? Is Christianity more or less effective if it is “accepted” as part of a culture?

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