Jesus Freak by dc Talk

© 1995. Written by Toby McKeehan and Mark Heimermann
Programming, Cowbell, Drums: Todd Collins
Programming, Upright Bass, B-3: Mark Heimermann
Bass: John Painter
Guitars: Oran Thornton, Dan Huff, Sean Turner
Drums: David L. Huff


Separated, I cut myself clean
From a past that comes back in my darkest of dreams
Been apprehended by a spiritual force
And a grace that replaced all the me I've divorced

I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wiggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said
Cause I had to match the rhythm
Of his belly with my head
'Jesus Saves' is what it raved in a typical tattoo green
He stood on a box in the middle of the city
And claimed he had a dream

What will people think
When they hear that I'm a Jesus freak
What will people do when they find that it's true
I don't really care if they label me a Jesus freak
There ain't no disguising the truth

Kamikaze, my death is gain
I've been marked by my Maker
A peculiar display
The high and lofty, they see me as weak
Cause I won't live and die for the power they seek

There was a man from the desert with naps in his head
The sand that he walked was also his bed
The words that he spoke made the people assume
There wasn't too much left in the upper room
With skins on his back and hair on his face
They thought he was strange by the locusts he ate
The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak
Until the king took the head of this Jesus freak

People say I'm strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger
People say I'm strange, does it make me a stranger
That my best friend was born in a manger

Live Versions

Jesus Freak was quickly introduced to the dc Talk setlist, where obviously it has remained ever since. Even in their solo careers, Toby, Mike, and Kevin have all been playing it for years, although it's been dropped from Kevin's setlist. The song was rerecorded for the Newsboys "Born Again" album with Michael Tait singing lead, and is sung at most of their shows.

The song is typically performed during the encore.

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