Popular music which uses Christian/Catholic Imagery

I've noticed that there's a lot of music in popular/mainstream culture which mention religious/Christian ideas/beliefs in lyrics, but aren't offensive. Can anyone name some?

Here's the lyrics to one of my favourite ones, it makes me have goosebumps -

Chase & Status ft. Plan B - End Credits lyrics
When the blood dries in my veins
And my, heart feels no more pain
I know, I'll be on my way
To heaven's door

I know when I knock
I'll be hoping I don't drop
To a place where I will rise, like before
(2x)

I can feel, something happening
That I've never felt before
Hopeless dreaming will start
Dragging me away from heavens door
(2x)

When my mind stops thinking
And my eyes stop blinking
I hope...
Somebody's there

When my heart stops beating
And my lungs stop breathing
In air...
I hope somebody cares

When the blood dries in my veins
And my, heart feels no more pain
I know, I'll be on my way
To heaven's door

I know when I knock
I'll be hoping I don't drop
To a place where I will rise, like before
(2x)

I can feel, something happening
That I've never felt before
Hopeless dreaming will start
Dragging me away from heavens door

When my mind stops thinking
And my eyes stop blinking
I hope...
Somebody's there

When my heart stops beating
And my lungs stop breathing
In air...
I hope somebody cares

When my mind stops thinking
And my eyes stop blinking
I know...
At the end

The video to that song is about gang warfare and has the theme of someone being killed in a fight. Caution when watching the video - murder and death is alluded to. It has been nominated for an award for best music video.

Thrice is a great experimental/alternative/post-hardcore band who pretty much are Christian in lyrics half the time, sometimes even quoting scripture. How about this song that speaks of the sanctity of marriage and how love is not a feeling but a choice?

There's many who'll tell you they'll give you their love,
But when they say "give" they mean "take."
They"ll hang 'round just like vultures till push comes to shove.
They'll take flight when the earth starts to shake.

Someone may say that they'll always be true,
Then slip out the door 'fore the dawn.
But I won't leave you hanging on.
Another may stay till they find someone new,
Then before you know they'll be gone.
But I won't leave you hanging on;
No, I won't be that someone.

And come what may, I won't abandon you or leave you behind
Because love is a loyalty sworn, not a burning for a moment.
And come what may, I will be standing right here by your side;
I won't run away, though the storm's getting worse and there's no end in sight.

Some talk of destiny, others of fate,
But soon they'll be saying goodbye.
But I won't leave you high and dry.
Because a ring don't mean nothing
If you can't haul the weight,
And some of them won't even try,
But I won't leave you high and dry;
I won't leave you wondering why.

And storms will surely come,
But true love is a choice you must make
And you're the one that I have set my heart to choose.
As long as I live, I swear I'll see this through.

Another hard rock band is Manchestar Orchestra, not overtly Christian but a lot of the time you can see it in the lyrics. This particular song is obviously about how the protagonist doesn't understand how God could love us as we were created in his image but we made a fool of that, but that he (protag) is trying his hardest to reconcile his life with the faith he was taught when he was young, and so he gives this "faith" thing a go, and eventually finds God:

Sweet Jesus, I swear that I love you,
No matter what the chariot says.
I'm biased, and by this I'll judge you on weakness
wrapped up in my own innocence
And I think that's fine.

My God you look so much different.
From mirrors you looked like a fool.
And your skin tastes much better with aging
Not sweet like it was back in our Sunday school.

Just wait, don't go.
We're gonna see if this bad boy can fly
Just wait, don't go.
We're gonna see if this bad boy can fly

Now that you're home won't you rescue me?
I've been trying so hard to be good again

Well now that you're home I can see again,
I can see again
Now that you're home I can see again,
God, I can see!

At Mass this Friday evening the first reading quoted The Byrds.
:D:D:D:D:D

Turn, turn, turn? Time for this, time for that? It also shows up in Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These.” (Acoustic version is MUCH better than the album version.) I think both lyrics can traced to the Bible.

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Turn, turn, turn? Time for this, time for that? It also shows up in Foo Fighters' "Times Like These." (Acoustic version is MUCH better than the album version.) I think both lyrics can traced to the Bible.

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Err. What's a 'Foo Fighter'?
(I haven't listened to much music recorded after the mid-70s or early 80s.)

And yes, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is the song by the Byrds with words borrowed from Ecclesiastes.

The one song that comes to mind that has a Christian title in it but is really NOT a Christian song is Joan Osborne’s “Saint Theresa.”

It’s not about St. Theresa----it’s about a real-life prostitute Osborne knew----whom she nicknamed “St. Theresa.” :smiley: DOES have Christian imagery, though.

Osborne is best known for “What If God Was One Of Us.” So the religious imagery, even in a song about a prostitute, should not be surprising.

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