Welcome to another thrilling edition of
CONNECTING THE DOTS
the semi-regular column
that dares to ask the tough questions
and refuses to accept the easy answers
in this episode
CHRIS JERICHO WROTE THE LYRICS TO "JUDAS"
FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF KEVIN OWENS
So Chris Jericho's band Fozzy just released the music video for the first single off their new album, ahead of their big tour which starts this weekend.
The name of the song is "Judas," and you can watch it above.
It's pretty rockin'.
I mean, if you're into that kind of music, and not everybody is, it's a pretty decent little toe tapper.
It's got a good hook and a sing-along-able chorus.
In the video, you get to see a lot of Jericho dad-headbanging, and he also does this, which I love way too much for some reason.
The whole video seems to be shot in one unbroken take, just that one stationary shot, in a fish-eye lens.
Apart from Jericho doing stuff, and the band rockin' out in the background, there are guest appearances from:
- Drunken Clowns
- PG strippers from a super-goth leather bar
- A dude in a hoodie who's way too casual about being on fire
- A bunny mascot trying (and failing) to give a helium balloon to a wolf mascot
It should be noted that while the wolf mascot is wearing red overalls, the bunny is naked.
I think that might be thematically important.
You know. Music video stuff.
And uh, what else?
DID I MENTION THAT CHRIS JERICHO HAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN THESE LYRICS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF KEVIN OWENS?
BECAUSE HE TOTALLY DID.
Don't believe me?
Here, watch the music video again:
Imagine Kevin Owens speaking these words:
I am cold like December snow.
I have carved out this soul made of stone.
And I will drag you down and sell you out.
Embraced by the darkness, I'm losing the light!
Encircled by demons, I fight!
What have I become?!
Now that I've betrayed
Everyone I've ever loved and pushed them all away!
And I have been a slave to the Judas in my mind!
Is there something left for me to save in the wreckage of my life, my life?
I'm becoming Judas in my mind...
Kevin Owens is cold (like December snow).
He has a soul made of stone. Which would have been presumably carved out of something.
He betrays everyone he's ever loved (at least, in the world of wrestling).
THIS IS HIM.
And the best part is, if you read even FURTHER into these lyrics, it becomes Jericho trying to understand Kevin's motives.
This isn't really who Kevin is. It's a cry for help. He hates himself for what he's done to his friends.
(What have I become?! ... I've become a slave to the Judas in my mind)
Somewhere in his past, Kevin was betrayed by someone very close to him, and now he can't fully trust anyone. If he doesn't betray them first, they're going to betray him.
It why he can never allow himself to feel love.
SORRY, YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING ALONG A SCUBA TANK BECAUSE THIS SHIT IS GETTING DEEP.
The lyrics continue ...
Oh, this guilt is a heavy cross.
There is blood on the path I walk.
And each step I take is haunting me ...
Jericho knows that the guilt of his betrayals is weighing down on Kevin, and he doesn't want to keep doing this but he's too far down that blood-soaked path and he can't turn back now.
YEAH BUDDY WHO'S GOT TWO THUMBS AND ACED HIS TEXT ANALYSIS CLASS SOPHOMORE YEAR
*points at self with both aforementioned thumbs* THIS GUY
Now here's where it gets really good.
The song starts with the first verse (as songs often do) and here it is:
You are beautiful on the inside.
You are innocence personified.
And I will drag you down and sell you out.
Now if this is still Kevin Owens talking, who's he talking to throughout this whole song?
Who is beautiful on the inside?
Who is innocence personified?
Certainly not Jericho. I mean, he might have the inner beauty part, but innocence personified? I don't think so.
Hell, just the super-goth strippers in this video alone would disqualify him on that count.
So who is it?
JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE
AS PURE AS THE DRIVEN SNOW
And there you have it.
Chris Jericho has written a song from the point of view of Kevin Owens talking to Sami Zayn.
And hey. Even if you can't appreciate the song for its super-deep lyrics with the hidden meaning, you can appreciate the music video for the super-goth strippers and the dude who's casually on fire.