I watch American Idol. Sorry. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. Go ahead and judge……

So last night was Grand Ole Opry night and all contestants were required to sing country songs, regardless of their own musical style. One guy did a Carrie Underwood song. Country is not my preference and I have never heard a Carrie Underwood song in my life, until last night. It was a song called “Jesus take the wheel” and it was one of the most irresponsible songs I’ve ever heard. I was so annoyed by these lyrics that I had to post them here.


She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
It'd been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind and she didn't pay attention
she was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock
And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I'm sorry for the way
I've been living my life
I know I've got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on

Ooh, Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
From this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
Ooh, take it, take it from me
Ooh ooh wah ah ooh ooh ooh



I guess the lesson this song is trying to convey is, you have no control over your life and your actions. Don’t try to think quickly in emergency situations, just close you eyes and do nothing. That is the worst advice ever. What if Captain Sully had let Jesus take the wheel?

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Comment by unholyroller on March 19, 2009 at 10:18pm
Songs like this are the reason I HATE C/W music, despite my roots. It turns my stomach and makes my ears bleed.......for all of the reasons mentioned above.
Comment by Jude Johnson on March 18, 2009 at 5:29pm
So if you're driving way too fast, and it's snowy outside, and you're depressed, and your baby is in the back seat -- you should just throw your hands up in the air and let Jesus take the wheel? Okay, so they're probably trying to be symbolic, so:

If you're living your life too fast, and you're in a dangerous situation, and your depressed, and your child may be affected -- let Jesus take the wheel?

It's very difficult to frame this in any manner that doesn't make the author of the song (and anyone who sings it) seem like a blithering idiot. I can't even wrap my mind around it.
Comment by Jennifer W on March 18, 2009 at 3:52pm
I think letting fictional characters take the wheel is more dangerous than driving drunk.
Comment by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 3:12pm
OMG...I seriously came in here to Atheist Nexus when that song came on,leaving my family to it. My brain bled last night.
Comment by zeeman barzell on March 18, 2009 at 1:09pm
Agreed. But perhaps a bigger problem is treating non-celebs like they are ones.
Example: Octomom. She is famous why? Because she has an overused uterus? People, please...

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