“I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
And I’ll fear no evil because I’m blind to it all
And my mind and my gun they comfort me
Because I know I’ll kill my enemies when they come”
These are the first lines of Shawn James’ song “Through the Valley”, and they are a pretty obvious reference to the Bible, however they diverge during the third and fourth lines. These lines are a reference to Psalm 23, which says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” However, Shawn James diverges drastically, stating that the things that comfort him are his mind and his gun, rather than the Shepherd’s rod and staff. This switch almost suggests that James is rejecting God, and taking his power from within, knowing that he can conquer his obstacles without the power of faith in a higher power, but rather faith within himself.