"I was taught a belief system where there wasn't really any room to discover my own belief system. So whether it's in 'Icicle' or 'God' or 'Past the Mission'... where from 'Icicle' where the girl masturbates to survive that whole sexual, shamed, repressive world which I grew up in. So at ten years old, I would think these things and feel really bad that I had these feelings. And when they would put the wafer on my tongue, you know how they put the wafer and 'this is the body of Christ' blah, blah, blah. And I'm going, 'You know, this doesn't feel really comforting. I mean, my little warm hand on my little warm spot would feel much more comforting than this stale wafer.' And 'Icicle' is kinda the tragedy on the record, but that girl's really brave."
"This (the masturbation) was when I was ten. I remember my sister threatening she was going to tell on me because I asked her about it...You know, she had been really threatened by the whole religion. And she was genuinely worried for my soul...My instinct was 'This is natural', but the belief system was that it was evil. You couldn't love Jesus and do this. You have to understand, I was doing this while saying 'Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.' ... People think their hands are going to fall off. It's a shame that people don't just say 'Hey, don't do this while you've got food in the other hand. There's a place to do this.'"