"...He bought a nice blue suit with the money he could find
A beautiful way of saying, "I'm buying this suit, and dammit, if I can't find anywhere to wear it; I'll get married or buried in it." The lyric also references St. Peter.
The original "Rock" (That's what Peter means in Greek) St. Peter was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 16:17-19, Matthew remarks that Peter "will receive the keys to the kingdom of Heaven." Wikipedia reveals that this is the source of popular tales which place St. Peter as the gate keeper to paradise.
"...Well the medicine man started seeing red."
"Medicine men" was the label given Indigenous healers and doctors by Jesuit missionaries who were attempting to Christianize and colonize Canadians during the 17th century. The term was used derisively and descriptively. The missionaries felt that medical science, and all healing in general, was derived from God and therefore unattainable to these men who could not properly be called doctors.
As disease, brought by the Europeans, began to decimate their ranks, the medicine men began to view the Jesuit priests with suspicion. Unaware that it was the germs on the breath and in the robes of the missionaries that was killing their children, the medicine men began blaming the baptismal ceremony itself. They pleaded with Indigenous mothers to refrain from going through with the ritual, and eventually created a rift between the missionaries and medicine men of New France.Hip Head Mark has this to add: "I think I have some info for your website. You mention the history of the term "medicine man" under Opiated, but I think there's more to it in the song. I think the whole song is about huffing gas. "Two fifths of lead-free gasoline" is about 1.5 L, which isn't going to do much for your car. But fifths are usually used for measuring alcohol, so it makes sense for measuring gas as an intoxicant. I think the fact that it's "lead-free" and the "engine is clean" might be a little tongue in cheek: the engine here is a human body, which can't get rid of lead. I haven't tried it (no plans either), but if the point is to breath in the gas, then I expect the feeling it leaves you with is "out of breath and over-opiated". As I understand it, huffing gas has been a problem in particular for Indigenous communities, hence the community doctor, the medicine man, seeing red about the situation. This made headlines 4 years after the song came out when 6 kids were filmed huffing gas and shouting that they wanted to die. I always wonder about the lines "maybe I couldn't catch up, no, but maybe he could have waited". Based on everything else, I wonder if this is from the perspective of someone who almost died, referring to someone who did. As in, maybe I should have died too, or maybe he shouldn't have died yet. So that's my theory. I love the site, and I hope you'll find this a worthy addition!"