Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam (4:37)

Cover of MTV Unplugged in New York

From MTV Unplugged in New York and 128 other releases

“Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” is a song originally recorded by Scottish alternative band The Vaselines for their EP Dying for it. It is a parody on the children’s hymn, “I’ll Be a Sunbeam”, which has the opening line “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam”.

The song was a hit only in indie-pop and twee circles until in 1992, The Vaselines re-released the song with a slight title change (“Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam”) on the compilation album The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History.

Nirvana released a cover of “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” on their live acoustic album MTV Unplugged in New York.

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  • muerto14

    Good Cover

    4 Aug 6:11pm Reply
  • cockkaw

    beauuutifullll

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • msfdly

    @verbcake "It's worth tracking down the electric version as well, they played it live a few times like on the Live at the Paramount video." agreed. that one is a rocking version, with grohl thumping the drums realllly hard. amazing performance. the unplugged version is beautiful in its own way. between krist's accordion and kurt's voice mumbling those haunting words are some beauty that had extinct in today's popular music

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Mohammed don't want me for a Jim Beam :(

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • floresju

    sunbeams are never made like me

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • joaokmo

    Don't expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die, don't ever ask your love of me.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • IMansonsBitch

    I adore Nirvana

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • James_Hartley

    don't expect me to lie

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • schnork

    kurt cobain. what a different kind of talent. so simple, yet beautifully understated.

    19 Feb 2013 Reply
  • verbcake

    It's worth tracking down the electric version as well, they played it live a few times like on the Live at the Paramount video.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • tommweber

    one of my favorite covers ever

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • silentandgrey

    I love The Vaselines, but this version is just mind blowing. It gives me goosebumps.

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheFellipe

    Monday! "Don't expect me to cry, for all the reasons you had to die, don't ever ask your love of me.."

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rayneonme

    My Sunday song......

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • greatbigmassive

    Brilliant. I just wish I could understand what the feck you are saying.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • EdyBoget

    Good Song...

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kstuart12

    Kurt Cobain was one of the greatest artists of all time.

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dragonswings

    FANTASTIC song!!

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • Play45

    We miss you, Kurt!

    12 May 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    good cover

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
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