‘X Out’ – From One Extreme To A Brother

A favorite band of mine is Extreme. They go back, but a refresher is their 90s radio hits More Than Words, Hole Hearted, Get The Funk Out, or more recently having Play With Me featured on Netflix’ Stranger Things.

Good favorites have a Why – an article I definitely plan to write about …many years ago.
Until then, I’ll just placehold it for Extreme: world-class musicianship, affecting song-writing, and lyrical content that’s evocative and meaningful. But that’s not what I’m on about right now.

Their new album “Six” is half good, half great.  And that includes one song I can’t quit called “X Out”.  It’s all there: great playing and affective execution (with a stimulating Tribe of Judah vibe). It’s pretty intense – listen while you read:

The song is also lyrically just PACKED with references, mostly from the Bible.  And Shakespeare.  (Yes, “Shakespeare-or-the-Bible” quizzes are fun, but this article is just a reference job.)

And in 2023, I expected surely some enterprising nerd had tagged all those references, but no!

So guess who’s the nerd now? 🪞
(Of course some dudes have already interpreted the lyrics, but I say just go read the sources, and interpret from there! : )

Hope someone finds this useful!

[Verse 1]  
Forgive me Father In Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession starts with this line
show me your unfailing love Psalm 17:7-8 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.
There is no other Deuteronomy 4:39 the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. (Also: 1 Samuel 21:9, 1 Kings 8:60, 9× in Isaiah, Daniel 2:11, Daniel 3:29, Joel 2:27, Mark 12:31, Mark 12:32, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 8:4)
have Mercy on your wayward son Luke 15:11-32 The Parable of the Prodigal Son
From grace I fell Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
opened up my eyes in hell Luke 16:19-31 Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus
brimstone burning, crying out in agony
Father send someone
quench the fire from my tongue
where the worm’s eternal Mark 9:44-48 Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.
and, I’m crying out in agony
Sun burns out and it fades to black Joel 3:15 The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will cease their shining. (Also: Joel 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12)
there’s no way I’m gonna make it back Luke 16:19-31 Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus
out of time and I’m running out of light
X Out X Out, Faith 1 Corinthians 13:13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (Also: 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:8)
X Out X Out, Hope
X Out X Out, Love
[Verse 2]  
Behold a flower Psalm 103:14-16 As for man, his days are like grass — he blooms like a flower of the field; when the wind passes over it, it vanishes, and its place is no longer known.
flourishing then falls away
Know not the hour Matthew 24:36-44 The Day and Hour Unknown
number of or length of days Psalm 90:12-17 teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom
Save your breath MacBeth Act 5 Scene 5 Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
on a stage a strutter frets
just another tale being told by an idiot
full of sound and fury
whistling past your weathered epitaph
Rich man blessed in purple thread Luke 16:19-31 Parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus
Poor man begging for a crust of bread
like the poor the rich are born to die
One man suffering forever damned
the other in the bosom of Abraham
looking on beyond the great divide
Darkness drapes both sun and moon Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, … before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; (Also: Joel 3:15Joel 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12)
after the rain storm clouds return
Strong men bow
and the housekeepers quake
Ecclesiastes 12:3 when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, (Also: Matthew 27:54?)
Severed is the silver chord (cord) Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 before the silver cord is snapped, and the gold bowl is broken, and the jar is shattered at the spring, and the wheel is broken into the well; and the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Also: Silver Cord metaphysical term)
broken like the golden gourd
dust returns to death
from whence it came
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eric Warfield / Gary Cherone / Jordan Ferreira / Nuno Bettencourt
X Out lyrics © Calhoun Enterprises LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Grab the nearest book…

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You will not sleep, if you lie there a thousand years, until you have opened your hand and yielded that which is not yours to give or to withhold.  You may think you are dead, but it will be only a dream;  you may think you have come awake, but it will still be only a dream.  Open your hand, and you will sleep indeed — then wake indeed.

From Lilith, by George MacDonald
Found in The Collected Works of C.S. Lewis, page 123


It’s a book meme.  I did this, you do it too:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

Top 10

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but here’s another top 10 randomized entries from my collection:

  • Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
  • Kool and the Gang – 16 Spirit Of The Boogie
  • King’s X – Pretend
  • The Commodores – Still
  • Spock’s Beard – 4 O’ Clock
  • Lit – Miserable
  • Journey – Any Way You Want It
  • Van Halen II – D.O.A.
  • They Might Be Giants – Clap Your Hands
  • Mike Helm – Meet My New Friend

(Granted, I cheated when I removed the Mr. Belvedere theme song, but can you blame me?)

Ever celebrated one billion anything?

Hard to explain (I’m a geek, nuff said), but I just noticed my One-Billionth birthsecond is coming up soon.  Furthermore, my (almost 3yr old) son’s One-Hundred-Millionth birthsecond will be about a month earlier!

Want to know when you/a loved one reached/will celebrate a major birthsecond?  In that case, I proudly (?) introduce my Birthsecond Calculator (;>) :

  1. Date/Time of birth:
  2. + a birthsecond:
  3. (but you don\’t look a second over ‘ + (iSeconds-10000).toString() + ‘!)‘;
    $(‘PartyDay’).innerHTML = dtResult + strFlatter;
    return false;”>=


Note: This surely won’t work in a feed reader, so come visit for the fun.

(web geek colophon: This works thanks to jsDate, my port of VBScript Date functions to Javascript.)

Update 2007-04-15: My 7yo son wants to know when his 250 millionth birthsecond is, so here’s a customizable version.

Links: old but interesting

I just found this list I sent to some friends, over a year ago now.  Still quite interesting…


The Classic IQ Test – Apparently I’m an “Insightful Linguist …natural fluency of a writer and the visual talents of an artist. …a creative and expressive mind” (there’s flattery for ya).

What Different IQ Scores Mean (down, cached copy here)  – Checking my above IQ here calls me “highly gifted” (aka “sub-genius”?).

What kind of thinker are you? – Says I’m a “Musical Thinker” (like Jimi Hendrix, except sooo white).


Oh, he’s talking about me!

Real coders, real code – scary & sad but true





10 More Songs

Been a long time since I did my song roll.  So here are the first 10 random picks:

King’s X – Far, Far Away
U2 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Newsboys – Shine
The Commodores – Old-fashion Love
Us3 – Knowledge of Self
Porcupine Tree – Phase III
Stuart Hamm – Snoopy’s Theme Song – Peanuts
Sting – Why Should I Cry for You?
Relient K – Chap Stick, Chapped Lips, and Things Like Chemistry
Ohio Players – Only A Child Can Love

Good mixture, I think.