“Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” by The 1975
Matt Healy begins The 1975’s “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” by telling the world that he’s “in love with Jesus Christ”. And before we move any further, it should be noted that Healy is well-known atheist. Owing to this, when he expresses his love for Jesus, we have every reason to believe he’s saying this in a highly sarcastic way.
As the song progresses he talks about feeling so low despite being in love. And the reason is because he’s in love with a fellow male. His inability to show this homosexual feelings publicly is apparently what is making him feel low.
And in the song’s chorus, Healy (who is assisted by singer Phoebe Bridgers) talks about a number of things. And one of these things is that he’s lucky to believe. But exactly what he’s lucky to believe in isn’t clearly stated. However, it’s apparent he’s talking about being lucky to be a believer (i.e. one who has faith in Jesus and God).
What this line likely means is that despite the fact that the narrator is a believer and his religion frowns upon homosexuality, he still feels lucky to at least be blessed with something he can believe in. And to him, this is better than having nothing to believe in. But then again, when one analyzes that line very critical, one might just notice a dash of irony and sarcasm in there too. It is very possible that he is using the phrase “lucky me” in a very ironic way!
That being said, the real irony of the whole situation appears in the second line of the chorus. You see the thing is that one’s religious beliefs are supposed to bring one peace and joy. However, in the narrator’s case they bring him sadness instead. And why? Simply because his beliefs despise who he truly is. And being unable to be who he was really born to be brings him so much sorrow. This is why in the second line he talks about “searching for planes in the sea” and stresses on how ironic that is. He’s apparently trying to say that he’s searching for happiness in a place where happiness can never be found.
A Song about the turmoil between our beliefs and our true selves
“Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” apparently is about the turmoil between one’s religious beliefs and who one truly is. And the fact that Phoebe Bridgers is featured on the track stresses even more on the aforementioned. Now, Phoebe is openly bisexual. Furthermore, in her verse, she sings about being in love with a girl named “Claire”. And sadly she also can’t let anyone know about the feelings she has for her.
Writing Credits for “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America”
All four members of The 1975 co-wrote this song. Thus we have the official writing credits as follows:
- Matty Healy
- Adam Hann
- George Daniel
- Ross MacDonald
Release Date of “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America”
On April 3rd, 2020, The 1975 and their management officially made this song available for streaming and download. It is actually one of the promotional songs from the band’s “Notes on a Conditional Form” album.