I Am the Resurrection

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This article is about the single by The Stone Roses. For the John Fahey tribute album, see I Am the Resurrection (album).
"I Am the Resurrection"
Single by The Stone Roses
from the album The Stone Roses
Released 30 March 1992
Format CD, cassette, 7" and 12" vinyl record
Recorded 1990
Genre Madchester[1]
Length 8:13
Label Silvertone
Producer(s) John Leckie
The Stone Roses singles chronology
"Waterfall"
(1991)
"I Am the Resurrection"
(1992)
"Love Spreads"
(1994)

"I Am the Resurrection" is a song by The Stone Roses and the final song on the UK version of their debut album.

The last four minutes of the song is an instrumental outro. The song is in the key of B Mixolydian. The single was released on 30 March 1992, and reached number 33 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was the last of several singles released from their debut album while the band were estranged from their label Silvertone.

The track's title and its placing as the final song on the album is believed to have influenced the title of their long-awaited follow-up album, Second Coming, which was released five years later.

Q magazine placed it at number 10 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[3]

NME magazine placed "I Am the Resurrection" at number 8 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

Originally, the 12" exclusively contained the 8:13 long "Extended 16:9 Ratio Club Mix". Other versions were considerably shorter.

Artwork[edit]

John Squire designed the "I Am the Resurrection" cover, (an up-close shot from the cover of the first album) continuing the Jackson Pollock-influenced theme of singles from The Stone Roses.

Track listing[edit]

7": [Silvertone ORE 40], Cassette: [Silvertone ORE 40C]

  1. "I Am the Resurrection" (Pan and Scan Radio Version) — 3:45
  2. "I Am the Resurrection" (Highly Resurrected Dub) — 3:30

12": [Silvertone ORE T 40]

  1. "I Am the Resurrection" (Extended 16:9 Ratio Club Mix) — 8:22
  2. "I Am the Resurrection" (Original LP version) — 8:12
  3. "Fools Gold" (Bottom Won Mix) — 6:59

CD: [Silvertone ORE CD 40]

  1. "I Am the Resurrection" (Pan and Scan Radio Version) — 3:45
  2. "I Am the Resurrection" (5:3 Stoned Out Club Mix) — 5:40
  3. "I Am the Resurrection" — 8:12
  4. "Fools Gold" (Bottom Won Mix) — 6:59

Religious and Messianic language[edit]

Biblical scholar James Crossley has noted the biblical language throughout the song where the singer takes on the role of a Christ-like or God-like figure ("I am the resurrection and I am the life"). In addition to the title alluding to John 11, he argues that there are references to stubbornness and repentance found in the prophetic literature of the Old Testament (which repeatedly uses the language of "turning" to God) and persistence and redemption in the New Testament which uses the language of knocking at doors (e.g. Luke 11.5-10; Luke 13.23-27). The song therefore partly functions as "a story of God and Israel/humanity in the Bible" but now "applied to a human relationship".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2014, Merrymouth, a folk band led by Ocean Colour Scene singer/songwriter Simon Fowler, and friend of the band, recorded the song on their second album Wenlock Hill.

Quotes[edit]

Ian: "I saw a poster with the words that had been written with fluorescent paint, that was put on the door of a church and it impressed me. So this lyric is about anti-Christianity. If people have a normal brain, they should find out how false this statement is. But sometimes people need mental support even though they understand the real meaning. Very sad or ironic, the church is making money... the Roman Catholic Church is the richest religious organisation in the world, everyone must know that."

John: "[The song is] a murderous attack on one individual, I don't want to tell you who it is. It's someone both Ian and I know."

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Stone Roses". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Tracks "Q Magazine – 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!". Q. March 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Crossley, James (April 2011). "For EveryManc a Religion: Biblical and Religious Language in the Manchester Music Scene, 1976–1994". Biblical Interpretation (Brill) 19 (2): 151–180. doi:10.1163/156851511X557343. ISSN 0927-2569.