A Song A Day: Jan 27th – Dear God

27 01 2011

Today’s post is one of those songs that does poetic justice to the world around us.  The lyrics are highly emotive and I just adore the stark honesty of them, combined the with sublime wording. For someone living in the world at the moment, the lyrics ring out with prehaps more poignancy then ever before. Times are harder then they’ve been for a while. I know I try to keep the tone of this blog on the positive, but sometimes like this, a song comes along which just moves you so much you cannot ignore it.

I first heard this song, again on the House MD soundtrack (like Gomez a couple of days ago) and since then it’s been a firm favourite. In fact, that entire soundtrack is first rate.

I want to say though, that there are some religious overtones to this song. I’m in no way aligning myself with any religious beliefs around this song. I’m taking this from a neutral stance, looking at the song for what it is. People may interpretate it a certain way. That’s just their way. Music will speak to each individual in a unique way, and you should take from this what you want to believe and feel. That’s your decision though. The lyrics in this song about God do not represent my personal beliefs and values. Believe and feel how you want to believe and feel,

Dear God,
Hope you got the letter and
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don’t mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image,
See them starving on their feet
‘Cause they don’t get enough to eat
From God
I can’t believe in you.

Dear God,
Sorry to disturb you, but
I feel that I should be heard loud and clear.
We all need a big reduction in the amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street
‘Cause they can’t make opinions meet

About God,
I can’t believe in you.

Did you make disease, and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the devil too?!

Dear God,
Don’t know if you noticed, but…
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book,
Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look,
And all the people that you made in your image,
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain’t, and so do you

Dear God,
I can’t believe in…
I don’t believe in…

I won’t believe in heaven and hell.
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well.
No pearly gates, no thorny crown.
You’re always letting us humans down.
The wars you bring, the babes you drown.
Those lost at sea and never found,
And it’s the same the whole world ’round.
The hurt I see helps to compound
That Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody’s unholy hoax
And if you’re up there you’d perceive
That my heart’s here upon my sleeve.
If there’s one thing I don’t believe in…..

It’s you…..
Dear God.

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14 responses

27 01 2011
Aditi

Beautiful Lyrics, I just read it but need to hear it. Will do so as soon as I am lil free :)

27 01 2011
djbaroque

That’s ok – Thanks for commenting !

27 01 2011
jonandphyllis

It’s a shame that you have to put any type of disclaimer on your posts, isn’t it?
I agree, it’s a tough one to process but I certainly have to admit I’ve had the same questions and felt the same a time or two. Good post.

27 01 2011
djbaroque

It’s a bit of a shame, but at least it carries home my points about the posting. Tomorrows posting will be all-round lighter in tone! Thanks for commenting!

27 01 2011
Elaine

I’ve never heard this before. Wow. Powerful stuff. Good pick!

27 01 2011
djbaroque

The only place I’ve heard it is on the House MD soundtrack CD. I believe it to be a cover of a XTC song. Yes, extremely powerful, and people have looked at it in an open minded way. Great stuff. Thanks for commenting, Elaine.

27 01 2011
scriptorobscura

Thank you for sharing this great song.

27 01 2011
djbaroque

You’re very welcome, thanks for commenting!

27 01 2011
10uta02

That is a great song, I didn’t know it. I can perfectly understand the questions and doubts mentioned – and still, the whole song is kind of a prayer addressed at God – interesting. Have you seen the controverse debate on the youtube site of the song? Amazing – religion seems to be a really sensible subject in English speaking countries (USA?) It isn’t that much in Germany. Funny that you too are afraid of “controversy” (your tweet)..
Anyway, thanks for the post, I enjoyed it! Uta
I’ll put you on my blogroll if I may… ;)

27 01 2011
djbaroque

I saw the comments on the youtube video about this song. It’s a very powerful and moving song. To say I’m ‘afraid’ of controversy isn’t 100% there. It’s more a case off I don’t want people to get silly about the song when I’m presenting the song from a neutral and open viewpoint. Religion can be a touchy subject so I don’t want to insight any hate or dodgy comments from no-one, and so far – the response has been tremendous. Polite, civil and accepting. This is exactly how I envisioned it. I posted this song on the merit of the music, and so far, people are taking it thus. Music is a powerful medium which has the ability to unite people, I think it’s daft that religious overtones can ruin a perfectly good song. I’m really pleased that people have looked at this maturely — It’s a testament to the wonderfully minded people who read and comment on this blog!

And yes, you may put me on the blogroll!! Thanks for commenting, Uta.

27 01 2011
donnahuebsch

Wow – a very tough post for me to process…

27 01 2011
djbaroque

Indeed, this isn’t exactly what you’d call casual/easy listening. There is a real definite message to the song. It touches upon an awkward subject matter, which is why I put that disclaimer of sorts in about just looking at the song for what it is and to look at it with an open and neutral mind.

27 01 2011
Marianne

Oh, yes, I like that one too, Daniel. It is very moving. Thanks for sharing.

27 01 2011
djbaroque

Incredibly moving. The first time I heard it, I had one of those, what is happening type moments. Thanks for your comment.

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