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Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam


Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam. ‘Cause sunbeams are not made like me.
Don’t expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die. Don’t ever ask your
love of me.

Don’t expect me to cry.
Don’t expect me to lie.
Don’t expect me to die for thee.

Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam. ‘Cause sunbeams are not made like me.
Don’t expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die. Don’t ever ask your
love of me.

Don’t expect me to cry.
Don’t expect me to lie.
Don’t expect me to die for thee.

Jesus don’t want me for a sunbeam. ‘Cause sunbeams are not made like me.
Don’t expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die. Don’t ever ask your
love of me.

Don’t expect me to cry.
Don’t expect me to lie.
Don’t expect me to die.
Don’t expect me to cry.
Don’t expect me to lie.
Don’t expect me to die for thee.

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Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” is a song originally recorded by Scottish alternative band The Vaselines for their EP Dying for it. It is a parody on the children’s hymn, “I’ll Be a Sunbeam”, which has the opening line “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam”.

The song was a hit only in indie-pop and twee circles until in 1992, The Vaselines re-released the song with a slight title change (“Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam“) which altered the entire meaning of the compilation album The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History.

Nirvana released a cover of “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” on their live acoustic album MTV Unplugged in New York. Nirvana also released two more versions of this song on their 2004 box set With the Lights Out. This included an acoustic version recorded in Europe in 1994, along with a live electric performance on the DVD section of the box-set.

Despite popular misconception, The Vaselines’ altered version of “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” came out before American rock band Nirvana’s and their cover was directly of The Vaselines version. ( Wiki)

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