Does Lisa Marie Presley tell the CO$ to kiss her ass with the lyrics to a new song?

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley is preparing to release her new album, Storm & Grace, on Tuesday (alongside Garbage’s new album — guess which one I’ll be purchasing?), but that’s really not noteworthy news by itself because well, c’mon. There should be some semi-interesting fallout after the release, however, for the Village Voice Running Scared blog (which has an outstanding primer on Scientology) has dug up some lyrics to a song from the album called “So Long.” While there have been sporadic buzzings for a few years in regard to Lisa Marie’s continued involvement (or shall I say, non-involvement) with the CO$, these lyrics are a more concrete example of what appears to be her very pointed discontent with the “church” founded by L. Ron Hubbard that is currently being run into the ground by “tiny tyrant” David Miscavige. Here are some of the lyrics to “So Long,” which appears to call out the CO$ as an empty institution that’s all about money and power. Go Lisa Marie:

This here is a city without lights
Those are all the people without eyes
Churches, they don’t have a soul
Soup for sale without a bowl
Religion so corrupt and running lives
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can’t say I’ll miss you in the end

So long, seems that I was so wrong
Seems I wasn’t that strong
Dead wrong, and now I’m long gone
Wrong side, I’ve been sleeping on the wrong side
Stains all over my soul I can’t hide
Nothing’s more clear than goodbye

These roads they don’t lead to anything
These people they talk, they say nothing
Actors who don’t have a part
Heartfelt people with no heart
I’ll find a new crowd
Make a new start
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can’t say I’ll miss you in the end

[From YouTube]

Nothing is more “clear” than goodbye? That’s a lovely little dig against the so-called “clear” state of Scientology! Along with Lisa Marie’s lyrics about a church in general, that particular line sounds like a very unequivocal way of telling the CO$ that she’s out of there. The interminably tenacious Tony Ortega of Runnin’ Scared has made repeated requests towards Lisa Marie for an interview, but her people aren’t talking. So Ortega turned to a few ex-CO$ members, including former CO$ salesman Jefferson Hawkins and actor Jason Beghe (whom I adore), for their take on the lyrics. Here’s the portion of the article that covers Beghe’s response:

I also called up Jason Beghe, the “Californication” actor who became well known for very vocally defecting from Scientology in 2008. While he was still in the church, he was a favorite at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and he knew other famous Scientologists — such as Presley and Kirstie Alley — very well.

He too said there is little question, looking at Presley’s lyrics, that she is making a public disavowal of the church. “The honesty and the passion are clear, and it seems as though she’s woken up. It’s what I would expect, having spent time with her,” he goes on to explain. “Some people, when they leave Scientology, get very sad. Some get scared. But some, like me and apparently like Lisa, get f&#*ing pissed. It has the same tone as my own thing, when I said publicly, show me a motherf&#*king ‘Clear’.”

Beghe is referring to one of Scientology’s bedrock principles, that if you engage in the arcane and increasingly expensive rituals of church founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “technology,” you will eventually unburden your mind of distracting clutter and go “clear” — and become somewhat superhuman. Scientologists spend years, and increasingly expensive rates, chasing the state of clear (and beyond), telling each other that just one more level, one more training routine, will get them to superhuman status. It never comes, and eventually, longtime members tend to drop out from sheer exhaustion. Beghe says Presley has obviously reached that point. (Records show she was attested “clear” by Scientology in 1980, when she was only 12 years old.)

“My heart goes out to her. It’s not an easy moment. But it seems that she’s seized control of it and used it artistically. I think that’s the strongest artistic communication I’ve heard her make. Coming out of Scientology has freed me up, artistically. It takes guts, it takes courage. Lisa was in forever, since she was a little kitten. I don’t know where her mother’s at, but I’m moved, frankly.”

Beghe says he was struck by the line, “Heartfelt people with no heart.” “These people in the church are decent people. And the fact is, their hearts have been taken out of them. That’s how I read that. They’re heartfelt, but it’s not their f&#*ing heart.”

[From Village Voice Runnin' Scared Blog]

Beghe also suspects that if Lisa Marie is out, then her very good friend Kirstie Alley will follow suit as well. That’s an interesting theory, and it would be great if Kirstie told the CO$ to shove it up her size 6 ass. Or it’s completely possible that Kirstie will completely write off Lisa Marie (as a suppressive person) as a result of her lyrical transgressions.

Here’s the real question though — what does Priscilla think of all of this? You know Elvis would be proud of his little girl for telling off the CO$. He always hated Scientology anyway.

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley

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  1. bea says:

    Her fake eye lashes look like they weigh a ton!

    Or she’s totally high on something….

    Her husband’s ensemble is hilarious.

  2. The Other Katherine says:

    If Elvis was right about one damn thing in his life, it was $cientology. It is a scary, controlling cult, run by a bunch of greedy, sociopathic mofos. I know people who have seen their families destroyed by Co$’s pernicious grasp, and it makes me SICK that Co$ has tax-exempt status and other protections in the U.S. as a “religion.” They’re no more a religion than it would be if I founded a Society for the Rites of Bernie Madoff.

    SMDH.

    • Maguita says:

      I was counting on the FBI’s investigation of the CO$, to bring the whole thing down and to light. But apparently, as per one FBI agent’s phone conversation with Mike Rinder, who until 2007 was the top spokesman in the church and also was the executive director of Scientology’s intelligence wing, the Office of Special Affairs.:

      “The agent said something about pressure from Washington, and the investigation getting spiked. I asked her if they had been infiltrated from the top, and if the hold had come from Washington, and she confirmed it for me. She said she didn’t care what Washington says, that she was still in the middle of the case.”

      CO$ was being investigated for human trafficking abuse. So obviously, not only they’ve got Hollywood by the balls, but Washington as well.

      I don’t know if Bedhead will allow the link, but here it is, a good read:

      http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/03/scientology_fbi_investigation_over.php

  3. Lee says:

    Good for her. Given that she was a child in the cult during her formative years, her escape is all the more admirable.

    It blows my mind that functionally intelligent and often successful adults CHOOSE to join this beyond-weird and obviously corrupt cult. Then there are those who don’t actually have the ability to make an informed choice, like Katie-bot. People like her provide children for the cult to mold. And so it goes…

    • Debbie says:

      same here, I just dont get it. especially since they literally take every penny you have.
      I really hope she blows the lid on this scam of a cult and maybe at the very least they will lose their tax exempt status since they’re really not a church.
      I just hope they dont go after her like they are with JT. Im not saying he didnt do what he is being accused of but I have a feeling the CO$ is behind his scandal. If anything, maybe this will make more members deflect which would hurt them where it really hurts, in their pockets.

      • holly hobby says:

        Re JT Yeah I suspected as much because for years, if this stuff allegedly happened, it was kept under wraps. Now you hear some wavering on his part and this s***tstorm blows up all over his face.

        Yeah I bet the church is behind this.

    • Maguita says:

      The CO$ is quite different from any other cult. In a sense that its most notable headquarters are in an environment where they are promoting success, heck, even promising it, to a population working very desperately for a hint of it.

      Not only their public figures (Travolta, Cruise, many screenwriters, Directors, etc.) are a great example of their “success rate”, but if you read Ortega’s site from time to time, or if you take an hour of your time and read The New Yorker’s “The Apostle”, you would realize that MANY agents, acting coaches, promoters, and whomever else connected to the business of Hollywood stardom, ALL promote Scientology-related classes and training; Sucking you in, releasing you more and more of your money, and more and more of your freedom.

      That is how all starts out: Following a few courses, highly recommended by your acting coach, agent, etc. , that would give you the tools to succeed, then getting recruited by the church by dangling much bigger success and enlightenment under your nose.

      In a twisted way, this is a Ponzi scheme at its best, masquerading as a religion… But then again, we could say the same thing of many of today’s “religions”.

      • Kim says:

        Exactly. Tri level marketing at best. Pay for this level and then you can get to the next level (for another large fee), recruit others and get to the next level and so on and so on.

      • Lisa Marconi says:

        Landmark Forum is another Ponzi scheme – a few years ago county employees in Tucson AZ were required to take Landmark classes to enhance their potential as state employees – until people started to see that it is cult programming, resisted the classes then Pima County dropped them. I’m sure it’s not just in AZ. Your tax dollars at work.

      • LAK says:

        @Lisa Marconi – OMG. Landmark Forum. Now something that happened to me last year makes total sense. I have a friend who invited me to attend a session because in her words, ‘my mind would be blown away!’ When i got there, it was group testimonial session about the wonders of Landmark Forum . sHOwever, she was very aggressive about introducing me to the higher ups, and at lunch around a group table, the other converts were all about how their lives had been changed by Landmark. when i made non commital noises, i got the hard sell from all of them and how my life would be changed by them. LIke an idiot i agreed to go into the afternoon session but after ten minutes i had to get out of there. It was really hard to extricate myself from the room. At every step, someone would block my path and give me the Landmark sales pitch all dressed up in concern that i would lead a much better life if i signed up and took their courses, all of which cost ££££. In the end i handed over false contact details to get out of the room.

        For weeks after that, my friend would call and invite me to another session, and i would find an excuse not to go. Until finally i told her i would never be interested. She gave them my real contact details which they followed up on. I had to send a cease and desist letter which made them stop.

        Suffice it to say, we are no longer friends.

      • The Other Katherine says:

        Oh, freaking Landmark Forum. Ugh. An old friend of mine, to whom I was once very close, got into that stuff and called me from one of their seminars to try to get me to sign up. I had to tell her that I wouldn’t be participating, and that I didn’t want her to ask me about it again, because I didn’t like their methods and thought it was cult-like. To her lasting credit, she didn’t keep on with the hard sell after that (which is why we’re still friends, although we don’t speak often). Landmark’s not in the same league as Co$, in that they don’t exert nearly the same level of control over the people they suck in, but I agree that Landmark is mainly a Ponzi scheme preying on people who need a feeling of emotional uplift and are willing to pay for it.

  4. Waldemar says:

    Didn’t she recently moved to England and said publicly that it was because of Co$, to get away from them??

  5. Adrien says:

    For the Richard Hawley collaboration alone, I’ll buy Storm and Grace.

  6. DanaG says:

    Good for Lisa it gives me new respect for her. That “church” is scary hopefully others will see and do the same.

  7. Dhavy says:

    Must be hurting their pockets considering how much this girl is worth…better late than never. Good for her

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Thank goodness she got out. She lucky she’s got enough money to keep them at bay. I wish her well. Maybe husband #4 (I admit, funny dresser) will stick and she’ll get the life she deserves. She was born into this cult – it must have been so hard for her to come to the point of rejecting what she was brought up with and what her mother still believes in.

    • holly hobby says:

      She wasn’t born into it. Rather, Priscilla dragged her kicking and screaming into it after she left Elvis. I blame Priscilla for this but then again, anyone who goes to a quack doctor and has her face filled up with stuff for cars isn’t that balanced either.

      I’m glad she’s sticking it to them.

  9. Laura says:

    I’ve listened to the entire album on iTunes and it’s actually pretty good. The stand out songs are “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, “Forgiving”, and “How Do You Fly This Plane?”.
    I was not a fan of her previous albums (though I did enjoy her song “Idiot” – best song to dedicate to an ex you really loathe) but this one is decent. The only complaint I have is that because her voice is so low it’s often difficult to understand what she is saying.
    Usually takes more than one listen to figure out her song’s lyrics.
    I hope she is able to promote this record without the constant questions and referral to her very brief marriage to Michael Jackson. It seems anytime she has an album out, it becomes all about her time with MJ. Now that he is gone, and it’s been 18 years since they married, hopefully her record will be able to garner attention on it’s own without the added attention of mentioning Michael Jackson. Though I am sure a couple of the songs on her new album could be thought of as being about him…
    For the record, I like MJ, but do not believe his marriage to LMP was normal or that it was the love story that some fans (and Lisa herself, if you watched her silly interview with Oprah after he died) like to think it was. I think it was a marriage created to make his image look better after the allegations, and perhaps help her launch an album. I do not believe they were on love – it always looked staged or awkward between them, and before he died Lisa said things had soured between them 6 months in, and that it was the biggest mistake of her life…though the story changed after he died, of course, since it was then acceptable to like him again.
    Anyways, Lisa’s new album is good and I plan to purchase it. Hopefully others do the same and that it is a success for what it is and not for whom she used to be married to. As for the Scientology reference (or supposed reference – she has not come out and said that is what the song is about) I hope she is getting away from it since it sounds like a lot of BS and craziness. I know it helped her get cleaned as a teen but now that she is an adult, it’s time to re-examine the connection and see the “church” for what it truly is.

  10. Happymom says:

    Her mother raised her as a scientologist-I wonder if she’s dropped out as well, or not. Lisa has the $$ to make a safe breakaway, that’s for sure.

  11. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I’d like to see Lisa have a debate with Tom Cruise.

  12. Hautie says:

    I thought her husband was a long term member of the CO$ Cult.

    The one thing I have notice about Lisa, is she takes no sh*t off anyone. If she has left the CO$… she probably did tell them to kiss her ass on the way out. :)

    And I would be thrilled if Kirsten Alley left too. She would be the one to go all vocal about them. And then things would get very interesting.

  13. phlyfiremama says:

    When L Ron Hubbard made up the CO$ out of thin air (ie, his imagination), his sole purpose in doing so was so he could avoid taxes by getting a religious exemption. It all came about after he made a bet with another sci fi writer that he could do so successfully.

  14. clare says:

    It does sound like she has left the cult of $cientology! Godspeed, LM.

    Tony Ortega’s articles about $cientology are the best! Reading them plus the comment section of each has been educational. There is nothing good about this destructive cult.

    Thanks for posting on this CB and Bedhead!

  15. lil ole me says:

    And this is the last anyone will ever hear from Lisa Marie again…. $cientology will have her snuffed out

  16. skuddles says:

    I wonder where Mom Priscilla stands in all this? Has it torpedoed her relationship with her daughter? It has to be a hell of a lot of pressure for one to remain a devout church member while the other flips them off…

  17. sup says:

    it’s like seeing elvis in drag

  18. Listerino says:

    What in the hell is her husband wearing? I would not let my husband go out in public wearing that..

  19. patty says:

    I Love Lisa Marie, and have met her and her husband and daughter 2times. Shes very nice and down to earth. She doesnt take any bs from anyone. I heard she didnt let Priscilla hear the album or preview it, I really hope this is true. Her and Lockwood are good for one another. And i Love her voice and her music. Shes the best song writer to come along in years, with a bluesy, sexy, soulful voice!