A Song A Day: 10th Feb – ‘If God Had A Face, What Would It Look Like?’

11 02 2011

One of the joys of writing this blog is just enjoying music prehaps moreso then ever before. It’s always fun armed with spotify searching through music, creating playlists, stringing together songs etc. Sometimes in doing just that you rediscover songs you haven’t heard in a long time, or that you’d thought you’d forgotten. Today’s post is one of those such instances.

The lyrics to the post today are oh so simple yet wonderfully glorious and profound at the same time. Once you hear the songs chorus, it’ll stick with you forever, it just has that quality. It’s poetic beautifully and yet so simplistic; it’s really one of those things that you’d wish you’d wrote. I first heard this song during my primary school days and enjoyed the message of the song, but just like a fine wine it has matured with age. When I hear this song now though I think of Jim Carey singing said chorus during a scene in the absolutely cracking Bruce Almighty (if you’ve not seen Bruce Almighty, go check it out, it’s Jim Carey being Jim Carey. Hilarity ensues!)

Joan Osborne’s ‘One Of Us’ is an absolute gem. A masterclass in no frills pop song writing and a true ‘stood the test of time’ song. The chances are that you’ve heard this song before, and now, it’s going to be stuck in your head for a while. Please enjoy!

If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

1-And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see if, seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

Back up to heaven all alone
No, nobody calling on the phone
No, just tryin’ to make his way home
Nobody calling on the phone
‘Cept for the Pope maybe in Rome

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20 02 2011
Gottes viele Gesichter: One of Us – Joan Osborne | Lyrics unter der Lupe – Looking@Lyrics

[…] Ich bin meinem Bloggerkollegen djbaroque sehr dankbar dafür, dass er mir durch sein Blog „My 2011 Musical Diary“ dieses Lied aus dem Jahr 1995 wieder in Erinnerung gerufen hat. Es geht um Gott. Um unser […]

20 02 2011
Let’s talk about God: One of Us – Joan Osborne « Looking@Lyrics

[…] is about such a guy. Many thanks to my fellow blogger colleague djbaroque and his inspiring blog “My 2011 Musical Diary”  for reminding me of this wonderful song from 1995. In this song Osborne suggests: “What if […]

12 02 2011
10uta02

I remember I had a “best of…” CD in the nineties with this song. I liked it so much but forgot about it. Thanks for sharing it, got it for my iPod now!

12 02 2011
djbaroque

Thanks for commenting! I heard it on spotify again and I’d forgotten just how great it was. One of those forgotten classics!

11 02 2011
Marianne

Great song! Great video! The scenes from the video intrigued me. I wonder where it was done. Thanks for sharing Daniel.

11 02 2011
djbaroque

Im not sure where it was shot. This was the first time I’d checked out the video also. Usually just listening to the song! Thanks for commenting, Marianne, Hope you are well!

11 02 2011
gitikapartington

love this song
…bought the album…thanks for the reminder. have a good day. gitika

11 02 2011
djbaroque

This song is brilliant. I never got round to getting the album though. Thanks for your comment!

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