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23 June 2005 @ 10:16 am
What does it mean to have "Catholic tastes"?

Optional Addition for Clarity - Here is the phrase in context:

Time will swallow
Your precious time
Like magic create the future

What makes a man so fickle
Who put the daggers in those eyes
Was it to learn
Through dark days of struggle
Was it to burn
To burst all our bubbles
Thunder and rain
Well the cynical flame will it heat, stick and blister
Thunder and rain

Evangelistic brother
Should be banging a tambourine
Go wash your hands and fingers
Till your mind is clean

Was it your fate
To sleep like a normal
Time and decay
No man is immortal
Thunder and rain
Boredom and pain lit the cynical flame
Will it heat, stick, and blister?
Thunder and rain
Still try to resist the pessimist
The pessimist, no, no

And these things I find
In the back of my mind
Where time lasts forever
I get all mixed up
Think I'm all mankind

Listen Mr Pessimister Pessimister
With your Catholic tastes
Oh listen Mr Pessimister Pessimister
We do not relate
Listen Mr Pessimister, Pessimister, Pessimister
Mr Pessimister

--- "Mr. Pessimist", from Elemental by Tears for Fears

This question may be more fun without knowing the lyrics of the song in which I found the phrase.
Current Music: Tears for Fears - Mr. Pessimist
XCorvisxcorvis on June 23rd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Probably something to do with seeking out guilt.
Doomutilitygeek on June 23rd, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
It's like licking a witch, only more formal and dogmatic.
(Anonymous) on June 23rd, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Well, you could take it to mean Catholic in the broader sense of the term... universal. But, generally in my personal experience...it just means pervy. And I don't mean that in a bad catholic priest sort of way.... although I'm sure you could argue that one as well.
Oυτιςerragal on June 23rd, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
A question of taste
The saviour tastes bland and cardboardy.
Why not try a little salsa with your king of hosts?

You could try these experiments with communion wafers.
Or perhaps there's another answer?
McRunsWithWolvestrickygrin on June 23rd, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
It means you're awesome. Rock on, bro!

Join the hordes of the saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lyght on June 23rd, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
And these things I find
In the back of my mind
Where time lasts forever
I get all mixed up
Think I'm all mankind

Dude, that is about the hottest stanza in all of music.

For the moment, anyway.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on June 24th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
Do you own this song? Because I can fix that . . .
Neosisneosis on June 24th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Um, you like plaid?
Angel needs no wings - just a duster & a hackysackcanth on June 24th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
Having grown up Catholic, I've noticed a tendency for Catholics to be associated with the seeking of guilt as a means of self identification. The problem with SOME of these types of Catholics (and let me be clear, this is just a type of Catholic) is that some of them tend to seek to out that guilt from anyone within listening distance of their ranting and raving about "godless mortals."

But personally, especially since I've left the church sort of behind in my lifetime, I've found that you don't have to be Catholic to do that to other people. Think about it, how many people have YOU run across that have a tendency to ruin your day by seeking to make you feel as bad about yourself as they do about themselves? I guess, in this case, the songwriter has identified this kind of mentality with a Catholic someone in his life. If I were still Catholic, I might have to fight a little not to be somehow offended by these lyrics. Perhaps it's simply a matter of guilt by association.
masui on June 29th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
I'm guessing it's a predilection for being IN TROUBLE!!

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