“Fear of God” sounds much more like a song from Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man. Indeed, the title of that album is in the lyrics of this song.
Not only does the song have the traditional ringing guitar of jangle rock, but songwriter Murray Attaway returns to the familiar theme of God and religion. There’s a darkness that permeates much of Jamboree that can be heard in the final verse:
In my room is waiting, one of human form
Feels no sad emotion, nothing to return
He’s coming in my dream, the one I’ve had before
He wraps me in white linen, and slowly shuts the door
God is real, in Attaway’s songs, and he and his laws are something we grapple with. There’s a real sense that his characters are going to face punishment for their sins (or rewards for their good behavior). He doesn’t beat you over the head with his beliefs, but they’re there.