At first, "Bible Thumper" by Solid Gold seems to be about a man searching for answers when a relationship goes sour. This quest leads to some shocking hints about how his love interest may have faded from the picture, leading you to wonder if either of them made it out of their tryst alive.
The video for the tune doesn't just illustrate the chilling story the words tell; it takes the theme of "drowning in sorrow" and runs with it.
The video, an accessory to Bodies of Water, the Minneapolis-via-Madison synthpop band's 2008 album, is waterlogged from the get-go. Electronics bubble as the camera flashes across three bodies floating underwater. When the drums, bass and guitar establish the beat a few seconds later, you're not swimming in a sea but a dance club, trying to get a glimpse at Solid Gold through a strobe light.
This lighting effect is not for those with a history of seizures, but it does give the piece a strange, dreamlike quality. It's not one of those gauzy, narrative reveries, though. This is the kind of dream that comes in fits and starts, where you wake up trying to make sense of it all.