...the meaning of the image must have hit him. "Great balls of fire": that was a Pentecostal image, that meant Judgment Day—and now Sam Phillips wanted Jerry Lee to turn that image into a smutty joke, to defile it. Jerry Lee rebelled.
JERRY LEE LEWIS: H-E-L-L!
SAM PHILLIPS: I don't believe it.
JLL: Great Godamighty, great balls of fire!
BILLY LEE RILEY: That's right!
SP: I don't believe it.
JLL: It says, WAKE, MAN! To the joy of God! But when it comes to worldly music—that's rock 'n' roll—
BLR : Rock it out!
JLL: —or anything like that, you have done brought yourself into the world, and you're in the world, and you hadn't come on out of the world, and you're still a sinner.
You're a sinner—and when you be saved—and borned again—and be made as a little child—
And walk before God—
And be holy—
And brother, I mean you got to be so pure! No sin shall enter there:
For it says, No sin! It doesn't say just a little bit, it says, NO SIN SHALL ENTER THERE—brother, not one little bit! You've got to walk and talk with God to go to Heaven. You've got to be so good.
SP: All right. Now, look, Jerry. Religious conviction—doesn't mean anything—resembling extremism. [Phillips suddenly goes on the offensive.] Do you mean to tell me that you're gonna take the Bible, you're gonna take God's word, and you're gonna revolutionize the whole universe? Now, listen!
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