Cause God wrote 'Otherside', that pen was in my hand
God wrote “Otherside” (Macklemore’s song opposing the use of cough syrup and codeine) vicariously through Macklemore, and he was simply the messenger. In many interviews he says that “Otherside” was one of the songs that wrote themselves, he didn’t do much.
An important detail here is that when Macklemore says God, he is not necessarily referring to the same man in the skies as Christians — his perception of God is explained in “Neon Cathedral”, “Church,” “Keep Marching,” and numerous other songs.
The reason that he talks so negatively about the people in the church in the song is because it is them who have turned him away from his efforts to find God. It is unfortunate, but people in church tend to push away and discriminate against those who have issues such as addiction and alcoholism (and that discrimination is the very opposite of what they should be doing), so in “Neon Cathedral” he is saying that is easier to turn to alcohol to find God and peace with his sins, than to attend church where the people there only look at the fact that what he does, they do not condone.
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