a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Eye Of The Needle

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: Scott Matthew


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




The song, the title of which was probably inspired by a novel by Ken Follet, is not about drugs but religion. It refers to a passage in the Gospel where Christ says that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich to go to Heaven. The song is about all the people going to church every Sunday just to show off their richness without listening to the sermon.

The song was first written with an acoustic guitar, then Nigel Godrich found its rythm in only 20 minutes [1]. It is the only one of the album with an organ, and ends with a long instrumental passage with samples of recorded dialogues on it. We tried to give you the dialogs as faithfully as possible. If you want to help us, do not hesitate to contribute.

It was regularly played in 2001 and a little in 2002, then again in 2006.

[1] New Comer, 2001