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Monday, December 15, 2008

Atheist Anthems

Ray recently asked:

"Tell me, what do you sing when you gather for your meetings?"

SmuckersTheDog the came up with Baby Got Back by the ever-relevant Sir Mix-A-Lot
I offered Coconut by Harry Nilsson - the logic of that song speaks to me like the logic of Ray's posts.
A great many people offered Lennon's subliminal Imagine, which if you ask me is a bit of a soft option.

To be honest I'm not one for singing badly together. Trying to space the inherrantly irational preaching of some salt-and-pepper haired minister with some haphazardly vocalised hymns always seemed odd to me.  But get a few glasses of jesus-juice in me and I get down like the US financial markets.

So, say we got together and we had to sing one song what would it be? 

58 comments:

  1. "Dear God" by Sarah McLachlan (originally written by some other band whose name escapes me at present)

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  2. "Stairway to Heaven"

    by The Beatnicks

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  3. "a few glasses of jesus-juice in me"

    Oh my god you're a vampire!!!???

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  4. The "Star Spangled Banner.'-----
    Jimmy Hendrix circa 1970

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  5. "Dear God" is by XTC. Great song.

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  6. Wow that dear god song is nicely depressing, I reckon that's a definite hymn in the making.

    I like stairway to heaven because everyone could get involved in the last "and she's buyyyying..." bit.

    "Oh my god you're a vampire!!!???"

    Does a bloody mary count?

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  7. "Bye bye Miss Americam Pie" ---
    Don Mclean

    Get real people..........

    Get your shit together......

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  8. Joan Osborne Parody - What If God Smoked Cannibus.

    "What if Goooddd smoked Cannibuuuus...
    Hit the booong liiiike some of uuuuus...
    Drove a tyyye-dyyyyed miiicrobus,
    And he subscribes to rolliiiing stooooone..."

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  9. Oh my god you're a vampire!!!???


    Vampire, catholic, same difference...

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  10. Does anyone know "Run to Paradise" by the Choirboys?

    In actuality this is my fav live band/karaoke song. The chorus is awesome, you can sing loudly with no tune and it doesnt sound that bad. And there's some relevant lyrics too.

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  11. Quasar'El and Vagon'El,
    Get with the program!

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  12. I'd say call me Vag'On but it sounds too much like a female hygiene product.

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  13. But the entire discussion is pointless, since we all know we sing Satanic Death Chants and laugh maniacally at the Evil Atheist Conspiracy meetings.

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  14. Vagon'El
    "Does anyone know "Run to Paradise" by the Choirboys?"

    No, but please send link to utube. I want to hear it!

    Frog'El

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  15. The Humpty Dance (is your chance to do "The Hump)

    No question. Hands down.

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  16. Quas'El said...
    "But the entire discussion is pointless, since we all know we sing Satanic Death Chants and laugh maniacally at the Evil Atheist Conspiracy meetings."

    Shhhhhhhh. Especially don't say anything about the "snacking on fetuses" part. K?

    or the other stuff

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  17. Run to Paradise

    The relevant lyrics are the last verse, enjoy!

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  18. Nick Cave singing:

    "Into My Arms"

    I don't believe in an interventionist God
    But I know, darling, that you do
    But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
    Not to intervene when it came to you
    Not to touch a hair on your head
    To leave you as you are
    And if He felt He had to direct you
    Then direct you into my arms

    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms

    And I don't believe in the existence of angels
    But looking at you I wonder if that's true
    But if I did I would summon them together
    And ask them to watch over you
    To each burn a candle for you
    To make bright and clear your path
    And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
    And guide you into my arms

    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms

    And I believe in Love
    And I know that you do too
    And I believe in some kind of path
    That we can walk down, me and you
    So keep your candlew burning
    And make her journey bright and pure
    That she will keep returning
    Always and evermore

    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms, O Lord
    Into my arms

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  19. Frog' El wrote:
    Shhhhhhhh. Especially don't say anything about the "snacking on fetuses" part. K?

    OK, but you have to stop singing the death chant with your mouth full. It totally ruins the harmonics!

    PS: I'm evolving! MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAGGH!!!

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  20. Quas' El +†+ sez:

    PS: I'm evolving! MWAHAHAHAHAHAAAGGH!!!

    I am sore afraid of what you have become!

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  21. I am sore afraid of what you have become!

    [hoarse voise]

    You have not yet seen tiniest fraction of my epic powaah! FEEEAAAR MEEEEE!!!

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  22. AllFiredQuasnDoug' El +†+ Burton !!!

    I'll be hiding under my bed if anyone needs me.

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  23. AAAAAAAAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!

    YOU FOOLISH FOOLS CAN NEVER DEFEAT ME!!! YOU'RE FAR TOO BUSY BEING FOOLISH!!!!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAAGGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. Wow, I feel kinda weird.

    Whoa! Hey! What happened? Who trashed my lab?!

    [Glares accusingly at Froggie and Non-Magic]

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  25. I..uh...I was under the bed the whole time and it was all Froggie'EL I swear it I swear it I swear it!!!

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  26. I just wanted to announce I am now:

    In His grip, til His nets are full, shalom.

    <>< <>< <><

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  27. I think I just swam through a web tide...***frog shaking head****

    I think I'm Ok....

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  28. Oh My God! What the hell is that thing?!?!

    Oh wait, it's just Vag- AAAARRRGH, it's eating my braaaiin!!!!

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  29. [Glares accusingly at Froggie and Non-Magic]

    Nope. We are innocent as the virgin Mary.

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  30. Morbid Angel - "Crush The Priest"

    Because I find Satanic death metal as hilarious as Christian rock.

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  31. Nope. We are innocent as the virgin Mary.

    [With a mutated Vag'On attached to head]

    So... it was you two getting it on with God?

    Holy crap, my lab got trashed by a sex crazed omnipotent being! AWESOME!

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  32. Mandrellian said...
    Morbid Angel - "Crush The Priest"

    Because I find Satanic death metal as hilarious as Christian rock.

    Way yes and thanks for commenting!

    I cruise through your site. Very well done. Thanjs for stopping by.

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  33. OK, I'm over being stupid. Back to the topi-

    For the love of Thor, stop sucking my head!!

    OK, I relinquish my stranglehold on this threads sanity. You may continue.

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  35. Well, keeping with the anthems ...

    With the Moomin!
    Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa ...
    Moomin!

    (Mandrellian's fault, not mine)

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  36. Ya'll gottin' stop fuckin' with a head like this!!!!

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  37. Previous post deleted due to humiliating spelling errors.

    "Sister Ray" by the Velvet Underground. For so many reasons.

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  38. "It's a bad religion
    from a broken nation
    it's a contradiction"

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  39. Highway to Hell and Hell's Bells by ACDC. Satanist atheist that I am.

    Bloody'El

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  40. Hahaha, I love your new names everybody.

    While we're on the subject of music, I like Lennon's "I Found Out" and the ironic lyrics in the Stones' "Far Away Eyes"

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  41. YOU FOOLISH FOOLS CAN NEVER DEFEAT ME!!! YOU'RE FAR TOO BUSY BEING FOOLISH

    No silly video game references while choosing an atheist theme song. That's one of my rules.

    Anyhoozle, for a song, may I suggest RAtM "Killing in the name of..." Not a family song though, so perhaps not completely appropriate, but there it is.

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  42. In Heaven, there is no beer.
    That's why we drink it here.
    And when we're gone from here
    All our friends will be drinking all the beer.

    Link!

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  43. No silly video game references while choosing an atheist theme song. That's one of my rules.

    Oh, that wasn't me: that was Jesus Phelps AllFiredQuasnDoug' El Burton with a badge +†+ Comfort. He uses my profile sometimes.

    I'll kick him for you.

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  44. By the way: CodewordConduit, that was awesome. I love Tim Mitchin.

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  45. I thought about mentioning the internationale but I was somehow afraid, they would take it serious...

    (Hey, after enough beer sitting at a fire with somebody playing the guitar and when we're done with all the Beatles songs, we do sing it. It's a nice melody and for what reason ever, everybody seems to know the text, or at least most of it)

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  48. The Beaten Generation

    The The

    Lyrics here



    Can't believe I still remember that song - I last listened to it maybe 20 years ago. The band is so unlike anything that I normally enjoy; even watching the video now, I wonder how I stumbled on it. However, it brings back lots of college memories, and the lyrics I think are spot-on for this group)

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  49. By the way: CodewordConduit, that was awesome. I love Tim Mitchin

    I'd never heard of him before this blog, but I love that clip...

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  50. In a 1997 interview in Newsweek, Bob Dylan said-

    Here's the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don't find it anywhere else. Songs like "Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain" or "I Saw the Light"—that's my religion. I don't adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I've learned more from the songs than I've learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.

    Dylan was born and raised Jewish, became a born-again Christian for a few years in the late 70's, and now follows no organized religion.

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