The Adulteress and Anberlin

This isn’t a part of our series on Proverbs, but as I was working out today, the song “Feel Good Drag” by Anberlin came on my iPod.  I’ve heard this song hundreds of times, but as I listened today, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the lyrics and Proverbs 5 and 7.

Here’s the first verse and chorus of “Feel Good Drag.”

“I’m here for you,” she said
and we can stay for awhile,
my boyfriend’s gone,
we can just pretend.
Lips that need no introduction,
now who’s the greater sin?
Your drab eyes seem to invite.
Tell me darling, where do we begin?

Was this over before,
before it ever began?
Your kiss, your calls, your crutch,
like the devil’s got your hand
This was over before,
before it ever began.
Your lips, your lies, your lust,
like the devil’s in your hands.

Here’s Proverbs 5:3-6:

For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol; she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander and she does not know it.

And Proverbs 7:18-19:

Come, let us take our fill of love til morning; let us delight ourselves with love.  For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.

Truly, adultery (and all sexual sin) is a feel good drag.  It might seem sweet for a while, but eventually it will be bitter.  It might appear to be life-giving, but it’s really planning for a banquet in the grave.  The pleasure will be over before it ever begins.

“Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death” (Prov. 7:27).

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Update:  The song “Feel Good Drag” was in the #1 slot on modern rock radio this past week.


One response to “The Adulteress and Anberlin”

  1. Anberlin has lots of songs that disturb me. “A Day Late Friend” pines over a lover that never was while contemplating leaving or losing his current lover in order to have this lost love. “Symphony of Blase” is about casting away a lover because of sin, boredom, discontent, distrust, etc and who knows. Yeah, I think you are right about the correlation with Proverbs, but I think you are wrong about intent. I think he is condemning a sick girl for his own perverse actions. She is not his greatest mistake. His greatest mistake is that he chose to engage and feed on a dead, lost female. If he loved her, he would have been grieved over her corruption and not touched her at all. Instead he partakes of her and then curses and blames her, even going so far as to say the devil is in her hand. As if this poor pathetic creature could hold the devil. The devil is ruling over his heart in the form of erotic despair and getting rid of the sick girl won’t cure his cursing, dead heart.


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