Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn slams the LDS Church in ‘Trash’ video

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Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn is launching a solo career, and his first song / music video in that capacity is a heavy-handed dig at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In October, Glenn spoke with FOX 13 about being gay and Mormon, saying "I'm just figuring it out" when asked how he reconciles his faith with his sexuality. Neon Trees Tyler Glenn Trash 1

"I know that's a vague answer, but I think it's an OK answer, too," he said. "I think a lot of people are in that boat," Glenn said.

But if the lyrics for "Trash" and its accompanying music video are any indication, Glenn has had a major change of heart.

In the first verse of the song (full lyrics below), Glenn sings that he wasn't ready when he was baptized. (Children in the LDS Church are typically baptized at age eight.) He also compares prayer to superstition.

Glenn provided more insight about his perspective in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

"My entire life and perspective on God, the afterlife, morals and values, my self-worth and my born sexual orientation has been wired within the framework of this religion that doesn't have a place for me," Glenn told Rolling Stone. "I served [this church]. I was the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I believed it till six months ago." Neon Trees Tyler Glenn Trash 2

Among other things, the video shows Glenn spitting on a well-known portrait of Joseph Smith, which was altered to make Smith's face appear ghost-like. Later in the video, pages - perhaps representing pages of the Book of Mormon or LDS Church policies - swirl around Glenn.

He uses lipstick to draw on "X" on his face, which could be interpreted in a number of ways, including excommunication, being an ex-Mormon or a feeling of being invalidated as a gay member of the church. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long opposed same-sex marriage, but preaches that LGBT people can remain members so long as they are celibate.)

Click here to watch "Trash" by Tyler Glenn on RollingStone.com. [WARNING: Video contains content that may upset some viewers.]

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Trash lyrics via genius.com:

[Verse 1]
I think I lost myself in your new religion
You say a prayer for me like a superstition
We were always made for love
We could always speak in tongues
On my knees and I'm seeing visions
Yeah, you remind me that seven sins are deadly
You used to baptize me when I wasn't ready
Water never turns to wine
I've been drinking all the time
I think of you whenever I see fire in the sky

[Chorus]
Your friends think I'm a freak
Why, what's in my drink?
I can't even think, but we got history
In all of this, I lost myself
Maybe I'll see you in hell
Okay, whatever
One man's trash is another man's treasure

[Verse 2]
I said my flesh is weak but the spirit's willing
And you would sell my soul just to make the killing
If you wanted me to stay
I'd prepare my days away

[Chorus]
Your friends think I'm a freak
Why, what's in my drink?
I can't even think, but we got history
In all of this, I lost myself
Maybe I'll see you in hell
Okay, whatever
One man's trash is another man's treasure

[Bridge]
You keep throwing me out like
You keep throwing me out like
You keep throwing me out like
One man's trash is another man's treasure
One man's trash is another man's treasure

[Chorus]
Your friends think I'm a freak
Why, what's in my drink?
I can't even think, but we got history
In all of this, I lost myself
Maybe I'll see you in hell
Okay, whatever
One man's trash is another man's treasure
One man's trash is another man's treasure

28 comments

    • liberalssuck

      Hey Eric,you just described liberals/democrats/the LGBT crowd to a tee.Good for you.No I am not LDS,I was raised catholic.Just see a lot of truth in what you say as related to those groups………
      They preach tolerance but practice NONE

      • Spencer Reid

        You suck, Liberals will be more willing to accept people than you are obviously. You must actually be a Bob of some sort always spouting HATE and IGNORANCE.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        @SPENCER REID
        You never mention your membership in the LGBTQQIP2SAA community Spencer. Now I am a Bob Spencer but since there are more than one of us, and one of us affiliates with the LGBTQ community, I chose to use the screen name Anotherbob.

        And yes, Spencer, there is more that one individual using the screen name “Anotherbob”.

    • bob

      The words you’re looking for are “accepted” and “accepting.”

      I’m an atheist so I have no dog in the fight, but from where I’m sitting it’s pretty obvious that the LGBT people, and liberals in general, are the ones doing all the “hating.” Hardly surprising, of course, since hate is their native tongue.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Jesus had zero tolerance for evil Eric. Probably why he braided a whip and drive the money changers out of His temple. My memory is that he didn’t encourage the prostitue to continue in her life of adultry. Of course I could be wrong ……..

      • C'MON BOBS A JERK

        @TOTALLYNOTANOTHERBOB
        Homosexuals like to refer to themselves as being gay. The truth is they are anything but gay. Tyler Glenn may be a lot of things but happy isn’t one of them.

      • BOB

        @TOM
        You speak from personal experience Tom? If Jesus were to appear today in modern attire wearing a suit and tie Tyler Glenn would hate him just as he hates anything that in moral and decent.

    • Scotty

      Its hard to win an argume with a smart person but its near impossible to win an argument with a stu pid person!
      Bill Murray

  • Voltaire

    Marvelous Work and a Wonder has all of the answers to these questions and why 2Nephi 27:26
    Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.
    http://www.marvelousworkandawonder.com

  • Whoopie-Doo

    I’ve seen the Neon Trees live. They are nothing to talk about. The only way to go is the music from the 80’s. Today’s music sucks.

  • Pedro

    Even if Mormons aren’t true or church isn’t true or not factual or not correct, however you want to say it…..this dude is creepy

  • Brett Jeffs

    If this guy wants to be accepted then he needs to be accepting. If he wants respect then he better show respect. If I spit on a picture of a gay or lesbian then I would be persecuted and considered racist.

  • BOB

    Obvously Tyler Glenn’s choices have led him to the peace and happiness all humans desire. No? Then why would anybody want to follow him?

  • ThinkFree

    The church speaks love and tolerance Except if you don’t fit the mold and follow all the rules. They want you to shut up and don’t ask questions. I have a friend who’s bishop told her to stay in a bad marriage. She didn’t, but has not seen her kids in over a year because she is shunned and kept from them. This church is falling apart. The truth always wins out!

  • eightoften

    Thats so seriously sad issues of insecurity playing out in the publice arena. Dude, get help before you implode.

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