Die for what you believe, only one god recedes
When the shots spray, spray, spray
Death for a higher power is equivalent to death for any cause, maybe for a country, an organization, or a belief: in any case, people are willing to lay their life on the line for abstract concepts. Like the Christian post-hardcore band Thrice said in their song “Like Moths to Flame.”
I nod but don’t know what to say
But I know you
And I believe you’re who you say you are so
I will follow you, lay down my life
I would die for you, this very night
Here, there are two possible meanings.
When Jay says, “Only one God recedes when the shots spray” (bullets fire), he could be referring to himself, the “god in the flesh,” JayHova. He is more pragmatic, rather than idealistic; as the partition in an earlier lyric implies, he keeps a respectful distance from whatever belief system he subscribes to. He isn’t willing to take a bullet for an abstract concept, the archetypal “survivor.”
On the other hands, he might be saying that your god will recede when the shots spray, in your final moments of life. You might reconsider offering up your life to that higher power that was apparently unable to save you when you needed it/Him most.
Another idea is that he’s referring to money. Money is a god to many, and it’s the only god that becomes less important when the shots spray (in the face of death). You can’t take it with you. Belief (knowledge, wisdom, freedom, and understanding) is what you should try to amass before death, and Jay alludes to that in the opening lines of the song.
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