Guilty By Association

So you need a new car?
Let your fingers take a walk
Through the business guide for the 'Born Again' flock
You'll be keeping all your money
In the kingdom now
And you'll only drink milk from a Christian cow

Don't go casting your bread
To keep the heathen well-fed
Line Christian pockets instead
Avoid temptation
Guilty by association

Turn the radio on
To a down-home drawl
Hear a brylcreem prophet with a message for y'all
"I have found a new utensil
In the devil's toolbox
And heads are gonna roll if Jesus rocks

"It's of a worldly design
God's music should be divine!
Try buying records like mine
Avoid temptation
Guilty by association

So you say it's 'of the devil' and we've got no choice
'Cause you heard a revelation from a 'still small voice'
Hey, You!
If the Bible doesn't back it, then it seems quite clear
Perhaps it was the devil who whispered in your ear

It's a Telethon Tuesday
For 'The Gospel Club'
'Send your money in now or they're gonna pull the plug!'
Just remember this fact
When they plead and beg
When the chicken squawks loudest, gonna lay a big egg

You could be smelling a crook
You should be checking the book
But you're rather listen than look
The implication?
Guilty by association

Written by Steve Taylor © 1984 Birdwing Music/Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc/C.A. Music (ASCAP)

Steve says, "If you've never heard of the Christian Yellow Pages, or don't own a copy of Jimmy Swaggart's 'Religious Rock 'N' Roll - A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing' or have yet to come across a televangelism telethon, please skip to the next song, because this one's too hard to explain"
(taken from liner notes to "Now The Truth Can Be Told")

The slightly-different lyrics to the demo of this song are on this page.

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