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Spirits Rebellious (The Eyes of Alice Cooper, 2003)

“Spirits Rebellious” Lyrics:

I can`t do right when all I wanna do is wrong
My conscience sounds aloud like the waning on a Chinese gong(?)
I know about the punishment, I know about the law
My sins cut deeper then the teeth on a saw
My attitude is bad and my nerves are raw
I`m a shotgun snake, I`m a jackal with claws
I was born with a chip on my shoulder on a stormy night
Alright

My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything OK
No way
Spirits rebellious, we won`t do anything you say
It`s a hard, hard world with a black corroded heart
There`s a livin’, breathin’ devil trying to tear my soul apart
In a cold, cold grave on a dark, dark night
Eternity is black, I’ll never see the light
Never listen to advice, I was never that bright
Couldn`t walk away, I was lookin’ to fight
I was born with a chip on my shoulder on a stormy night
Alright

My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything OK
No way
My spirits rebellious, we won`t do anything you say
No Way
My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything alright
Tonight
Spirits rebellious, all we gonna hear is lies, lies, lies
Lies……
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious
My Spirits rebellious

The Eyes of Alice Cooper LP, released in 2003, embraces a return to Alice’s musical roots. Honestly, there’s not much information about this album, and it’s only listed and available on a few sources and sites.

Alice’s Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, and other sources do not list the LP. We’ve still not found any references to why that is (if anyone knows, please comment 😉).

Honestly, this LP is one of our favorite Alice records. It’s raw, fun, and a (top)hat tip to garage bands nationwide (and a return to Cooper’s nostalgic origin).

“I found that there was much more humor in this album than any of the other albums. I haven’t had real fun with an album for quite a while.” – Alice Cooper

After confronting the darker side of humanity on the two previous LPs, Brutal Planet and Dragontown, it was as if Alice wanted to do something a little more upbeat and “bare-boned.” In fact, the album tour was named the “Bare Bones Tour.”

This week’s focus is the eighth track on The Eyes of Alice Cooper, “Spirits Rebellious.” It is an incredibly well-written song, both musically and lyrically. The intro, chorus, riffs, beat, etc., fit together perfectly, like Beauty and the Beast (charming yet edgy.)

NOTE: The embedded video features the band Sinful Lily’s cover of “Spirits Rebellious.” We know nothing about them and do not endorse or promote their music. Their version is 1) an excellent song cover, and 2) we couldn’t find any other versions to share, including Alice’s.

My spirits rebellious, you tell us everything OK
No way
Spirits rebellious, we won`t do anything you say

It`s a hard, hard world with a black corroded heart
There`s a livin’, breathin’ devil trying to tear my soul apart
In a cold, cold grave on a dark, dark night
Eternity is black; I’ll never see the light

The lyrics cut deep and expose the soul of a person striving for change yet consumed by spiritual warfare. All of us, in some form or fashion, can relate.

Caught in the eternal battle between good and evil, we are torn between two different masters and two different worlds, yet we can only serve one. That choice may seem easy, but choosing isn’t what makes it hard.

This topic is deep and can often be oversimplified or, on the flip side, made too complicated. Let’s try to meet in the middle somewhere and hash it out. We will examine several scriptures that help define this narrative and guide us when we struggle.

First, it’s important to note that, like any part of our faith, working through these things as a body of believers is always better than walking alone. We should do our best to find small groups, pastors, and trusted friends to help us wage war against the spirits that push us to rebel.

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.” –
Isaiah 54:17

As we discuss this topic, keep the above-listed verse in mind. Know the Lord’s declaration for us all – “NO weapon formed against us shall prosper.” In other words, choosing Christ and accepting Him as Lord declares us as righteous and a victor over the evils of this world.

It may not be easy to understand from an earthly perspective, and the enemy deceives and distorts the truth. However, victory over sin and death is attainable as we learn to replace the enemy’s narrative with God’s Word.

We are made anew through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). However, after we’ve accepted Him, the enemy’s lies and attacks do not seize. As the song states, “There’s a livin’, breathin’ devil trying to tear my soul apart.

The enemy uses multiple tactics and devices to hinder our walk – keeping us stagnant, backsliding, or unwilling to carry out God’s will.

As we deal with vices such as depression, pride, procrastination, addiction, and shame, to name a few, we must stand firm in our faith and HIS truth.

As 2023 comes closer and closer to an end, how are you doing? Has the year stifled or crippled your faith? Do you find yourself feeling helpless – less and less in control?

The bigger question for us all is, are we prepared? Are we taking the proper steps to defeat the enemy and his lies, attacks, and schemes? Are we equipped for battle?

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:10-18

As we read the above-listed verses, can we visualize them? Do we properly prepare ourselves for spiritual battle? Do we only see Ephesians 6:10-18 figuratively? Or can we see them literally as well?

We should wake up every day ready to fight the good fight. We must learn to visualize these scriptures and know them as truth.

  • Put on your belt of Truth.
  • Put on your breastplate of Righteousness.
  • Cover your heels with the peace of the Gospel.
  • Handle your shield of Faith.
  • Be ready to draw the sword of His Spirit.
  • Protect your head (and mind) with the helmet of Salvation.

Visualization and truth are imperative parts of our walk. We should know that scripture is not to be taken only figuratively but also applied literally.

A life walked with the whole armor of God will withstand the enemy and win battles, but it’s an uphill climb. Many battles are won or lost because of the mind.

Self-control, willpower, strength, and stamina are needed as we walk with Him and stand our ground, while one person fighting alone (with Him) can win. It’s not recommended. We are a “body of believers” for a reason.

“Iron sharpens iron; so a man/woman sharpens the countenance of his/her friend.” – Proverbs 27:17

Walking alone can, and most likely will, produce unneeded strife and toll on any person’s life. Instead, we should turn to the above-listed verse.

God’s design is perfect and spells out who and what we are. He has created us as beings needing companionship, fellowship, and connection, not only with Him but also with one another.

Through faithful relationships and friendships, we see things with more clarity, a refined vision, and an openness to the Lord. He often speaks and uses other people to guide, affirm, or show us where we are wrong and a better way to approach things.

Another way to look at this is, once again, through the armor of God, but instead of one person equipped for battle against the enemy, there are two or more believers ready to fight together against the enemy.

Stop and think about that. Doesn’t walking together further shift the odds in our favor? Not only are we standing with Him (fortified in His armor), but we are also standing with others who are equipped and ready for war. That’s an impressive vision.

One last point. This song also beautifully illustrates the mindset of a person under attack. The words “I,” “I’m,” and “mine” are used more than 15 times in that song.

We often look at Spiritual Warfare as a personal battle. Why me? Does God hate me? Why am I the target?

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”- Romans 8:5

We were all born with a target on our backs. The battle is real and affects every single person on this earth. We must not allow the enemy to convince us that we are alone.

Romans 8:5 calls us out and asks us to focus on the Holy Spirit (and what Christ would do). For us NOT to rely on what our emotions tell us seems legitimate, but instead, search for the answers He provides.

Wrapping up this week’s post, hopefully, this topic provokes some thought. When going into battle, we shouldn’t go ill-equipped.

Life should be lived the same way. Use the tools and resources God has given you to fight the good fight and ultimately win through His timing and plan.

Put on His armor daily. Don’t walk it alone. Find a group of other believers – whether at your church, online, or with like-minded family and friends.

The battle against the enemy should be waged by walking with Him and a body (army) of other believers willing to dress daily for combat.

Finally, don’t take the battle personally – feeling like God abandoned us. This point accentuates why finding a group of other believers is so important.

The more we learn that the enemy targets others (not just us) – the more empowered we become to fight the good fight together. Again, we must use the peace of the gospel as our foundation – knowing that, as stated in Isaiah 54:17, ‘no weapon formed against us shall prosper.

We must learn to use prayer, discernment, and scripture as our basis for focus and relativity, NOT the world and what seems fair.

In conclusion, if you haven’t checked out The Eyes of Alice Cooper, you should. Not only is the LP a fun, high energy LP. It represents life spun out in a variety of tales and songs that are solidly written.

“I thought, if there’s going to be anything that holds this album together lyrically, it’s going to be the fact that every song is just a little ironic slice of life.” – Alice Cooper

Alice’s ability to tell relevant stories while not losing his edgy style is what we’ve come to know and love most about Alice Cooper and his music. Stories that relate to everyone and help connect the dots that link us together in this crazy thing we call life.

That’s it for this week. Catch you next Friday!

Until then, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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