“Closed on Sunday” by Kanye West
Being that this is indeed Kanye West, the most-controversial musician of the second (and perhaps also first) decade of the 21st century, it is inevitable that his song “Closed on Sunday” will be over-analyzed by many. But some of the tracks on his “Jesus Is King” project really do read as if they are solely based on traditional Christian ideologies.
And one of those songs is apparently “Closed on Sunday”. For instance, in the chorus, Yeezus calls upon listeners to “get your family” and “hold hands and pray”. He also advises parents to keep their daughters “safe” and to be a positive influence on the upbringing of their songs. Additionally he gives a shoutout to “Jesus” and presents Him as someone whom the audience should ‘listen to and obey’. And the underlying implication is that he is doing so against a “culture” which may encourage people to do otherwise.
Meanwhile the verse is based on a theme which is also present in some of Kanye’s other ‘gospel’ songs. And that’s basically the rapper submitting himself to what he perceives as the will of God, which is directly related to him ‘bowing down to the King’, i.e. Jesus. And he has made this decision knowing that there will be some resistance, both social and spiritual. However, he has ‘drawn the line in the sand’, as in taking a definitive stand for what he believes in. So basically, this particular section reads like a person who, as they used to say in the old days, has found religion.
But the mainstream-entertainment complex being what it is, what popular news outlets are rather focused on is Kanye referencing the fast-food franchise, Chick-Fil-A, in the chorus (and outro). Indeed the title of this song is derived from a line in the chorus which reads “closed on Sunday, you’re my Chick-Fil-A”. And honestly, until Yeezus sheds more light on the meaning of these particular lyrics, trying to interpret them down to the specifics may not be a good idea. However, considering the overarching theme of the track, it would most likely be related to the fact that church is held on Sunday.
But the aforementioned media entities are rather focusing on the owners of Chick-Fil-A having allegedly supported a (Christian) organization in the past which spoke out against homosexuality. So basically the idea they are trying to put forth is that via namedropping Chick-Fil-A, Kanye too is “anti-LGBT”.
But outside of there being no actual basis to make such an assertion, having such a narrow-minded approach to “Closed on Sunday” totally takes away from the actual meaning of “Closed on Sunday”. And that is Kanye is calling on the audience to devote themselves to the goal of being more upright and spiritually-focused individuals. And in touting his own conversion into such, he is also presenting himself as a living example of someone who is not afraid to state what he believes in to the entire world. He does this despite knowing that many will not accept it.
Facts about “Closed on Sunday”
“Closed on Sunday” is featured on Kanye West’s gospel-inspired album, “Jesus Is King”.
One of the labels behind “Closed on Sunday” is Kanye’s own GOOD Music. Def Jam Recordings is the other label through which the project was released.
Kanye West had extensive help writing this gospel tune. He was assisted by several songwriters, including his own GOOD Music artist, Pusha T. Other writers with writing credits on “Closed on Sunday” include the names below:
- V. E. Boyd
- T. Mosley
- R. East
- No Malice
- C. F. Gómez
- F. Vindver
- B. Miller
- A. López
FYI, Vindver, Miller and Lopez also co-produced the track. And Yeezus also served as a producer of “Closed on Sunday”, as did legendary hip-hop musician Timbaland.