The bible or the rifle, goodnight folks

from A$AP Rocky – Phoenix Lyrics on Rap Genius


Alluding back to the wars mentioned in the line earlier, Rocky dramatically poses the good versus evil motif again.

Rocky may be paying homage to the Beecher family, well-known anti-slavery activists in the 19th century South. Henry Ward Beecher, brother of the famous Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one of the most influential anti-slavery texts in history), led a militia of Kansas citizens to fight those who were pro-slavery. “Beecher’s Bibles” referred to the rifles they carried, as Lyman Beecher was a reverend. There is a church in Kansas today called the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.

During this verse, the click, click sound of a gun occurs and provides an answer to his question: he chooses guns over God.

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