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SuperWeh
(Monaco)
Posted: Nov 15, 2016 5:34
 

 stalfnzo wrote:
This song speaks the truth. We created god, not the other way around. Look at all the suffering in the world caused by organized religion, a man-made monstrosity. 

 
Seems an intrinsic part of human nature to have a concept of god, it's been around for as long as humanity, so it makes you wonder. Apart from wars, religion has also given many people hope and inspiration, and has greatly helped to organize societies along common values and principles.
Propayne
(Richmond VA)
Posted: Nov 15, 2016 5:29
 

With the Steven Wilson 5.1 mix coming out and those involved doing press, the ill will still continues.

Among other things, Partridge has said that Todd is a good arranger but a not-so-good engineer.

Todd has said that Andy is a prick... 
twoplain2sea
(After the gold rush by my friend Amphion.)
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 22:43
 


Take the feeling awe, forming dear might
Deep fairy sings,  momma  take the kiss and ahn
There my aid attuned
year after year swimming in the wish bowl.
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jul 24, 2016 9:19
 

 stalfnzo wrote:
This song speaks the truth. We created god, not the other way around. Look at all the suffering in the world caused by organized religion, a man-made monstrosity. 

 
I think this song is MUCH more complex than that.

Of course, he rails against God as nonexistent - which is nonsense if he really didn't believe. He'd simply walk away rather than waste his breath.
Instead, it's a petulant, impotent - but completely self-aware - frustration that he doesn't want to believe, but can't help himself. And so he's angry. and disappointed.

He half-heartedly includes all the usual "you don't exist" arguments, while still addressing God directly.

It's some really well done lyricism. 
Steely_D
(Biscayne Bay, where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day)
Posted: Jul 24, 2016 9:15
 

Rundgren and XTC didn't get along during this, but he obviously took their songs and helped them create something great.
Grammarcop
(A place with fresh water and great beer)
Posted: Jul 24, 2016 9:12
 

I admire these infidels. 
einsteinstoe
(edge of the idaho batholith~salmon river mtns.)
Posted: Jul 12, 2016 17:01
 

I would rate this Godlike.....but.....9.

{#Drool}
Jörg_Asmussen
Posted: Jun 10, 2016 22:29
 

 boontonite wrote:
The song is OK but having the kid on there is too distracting and kind of ruins it, IMO.

 
It serves a purpose, doesn't it?
Far
Posted: Jun 10, 2016 19:34
 

Oh come on. The Michaelson-Morley experiments long ago disproved the existence of all imaginary metaphysical beings. Incidentally also disproving a ( false ) logic/science tenet that one cannot prove "something does not exist".  Fascinating stuff, but dry if you are expecting sensationalism.
Chrisjea
(Gethsemane)
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 9:15
 

 rusportus wrote:
Dear Faithful,

Your blind and ignorant faith reveals to you a live creator- all-loving, all-knowing, all-truthful, and never wrong.  Meanwhile there is never any escape from the fact that evil exists only in the human mind, that filth that was "created in the likeness" of some supremely intelligent deity that you somehow believe has existed for all time.  It was a mistake for your god to place you and a fucking female in the earthly garden.  Or was the so-called "god" so powerless to prevent a snake?  And so it was- your poisoned minds would think only to burn the garden for the sake of innovation, consumption, and procreation. The land and the animals die slowly as the skies continue to darken. Fuck you, all you idiots, and fuck your idiotic god.  You will not be forgiven.    

Mac-Donald       

 
You seem tense,
Phlegmaticman
(270 miles south of Paradise, CA)
Posted: Mar 18, 2016 14:54
 

Skylarking is one of those albums I always want to listen to all the way through.

Great production by Todd Rundgren.
chinaski
(Dallas, Texas)
Posted: Mar 18, 2016 14:53
 

I couldn't agree with the lyrics of this song any more than what they state. Perfect.
boontonite
(New Jersey)
Posted: Mar 07, 2016 4:15
 

The song is OK but having the kid on there is too distracting and kind of ruins it, IMO.
twoplain2sea
(∝story ∞ horses town)
Posted: Jan 15, 2016 10:43
 


                       I thought the song was about me?
                         God reads it, and reads it well.
                Dear God, Does post-carboxwall do work?
                  My next job will be 9 to 5 to the utmost
                  I'm in heaven with some packaged good.
                It's understood, I'm at swisspost neighborhood.
Andybob
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 12:19
 

 LizK wrote:

Where does ut say that he's a liberal..  For all the aimless testosterone,I think he's more conservative

 
Makes me laugh that some folks in the US of A talk about being a 'liberal' as if it's some kind of affliction and not just an opinion. Hell we even have a Liberal Party up here in Canadia...and notice the big 'L'.  
Andybob
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 12:12
 

One of the best B Sides ever ( Grass was the A Side ) which ended up on the CD version of Skylarking thanks in part to US college radio playing the crap out of it. This band put out some incredible music over their lifespan. Their high point in my mind being English Settlement featuring two songs that would give Dear God a run for its money and ability to polemicize - Knuckle Down and Melt The Guns.  
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 12:03
 

If he only was able to express his opinion more clearly :-)
LizK
(West Florida, where the gators roam)
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 16:42
 

 Kaw wrote:

Yeah, we need that kind of mac-donalds philosophy. It's simple, it's cheep and good to the majority of simple minded 'look I'm a real liberal and everyone who thinks diverend should be exiled' people.

 
Where does ut say that he's a liberal..  For all the aimless testosterone,I think he's more conservative
nutrod42
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 16:38
 

Amen.
kanga311
Posted: Nov 02, 2015 5:31
 

 stalfnzo wrote:
This song speaks the truth. We created god, not the other way around. Look at all the suffering in the world caused by organized religion, a man-made monstrosity. 

 
{#Cheers}
DaMoGan
(Bahston, Massachoosetts)
Posted: May 29, 2015 14:48
 

 tkosh wrote:
 We mid-west Americans don't have an accent.  The rest of the world does.  We talk normal.  Ha!  

 
Y'know, I always felt that, as a mid-westerner from Michigan, we had a pretty neutral accent, and it was really only in New England, the South, and a few other places that really had an accent.  I didn't immediately notice any difference when I moved to California, for example.  It was only when I returned home years later that I realized we actually have a distinct, if subtle accent.  Mostly in the 'r's.

msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: May 29, 2015 14:44
 

This will seem really stupid to most...

I don't listen to lyrics.  But I like this piece.

 
rusportus
(Miami Beach, FL)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:05
 

Dear Faithful,

Your blind and ignorant faith reveals to you a live creator- all-loving, all-knowing, all-truthful, and never wrong.  Meanwhile there is never any escape from the fact that evil exists only in the human mind, that filth that was "created in the likeness" of some supremely intelligent deity that you somehow believe has existed for all time.  It was a mistake for your god to place you and a fucking female in the earthly garden.  Or was the so-called "god" so powerless to prevent a snake?  And so it was- your poisoned minds would think only to burn the garden for the sake of innovation, consumption, and procreation. The land and the animals die slowly as the skies continue to darken. Fuck you, all you idiots, and fuck your idiotic god.  You will not be forgiven.    

Mac-Donald       
justin_cook
(Ventura, CA)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 11:29
 

 vesta0424 wrote:

What, exactly,  is ' mac-donalds philosophy'?

 
Being simple myself, i think it means liberals like fast food.    Not sure about the "exiled" though.. does that mean no McDonalds for conservatives?     God works in mysterious ways.
vesta0424
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 11:17
 

 
Kaw wrote:

Yeah, we need that kind of mac-donalds philosophy. It's simple, it's cheep and good to the majority of simple minded 'look I'm a real liberal and everyone who thinks diverend should be exiled' people.

 
What, exactly,  is ' mac-donalds philosophy'?
Kaw
(Apeldoorn (The Netherlands))
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:37
 

 stalfnzo wrote:
This song speaks the truth. We created god, not the other way around. Look at all the suffering in the world caused by organized religion, a man-made monstrosity. 

 
Yeah, we need that kind of mac-donalds philosophy. It's simple, it's cheep and good to the majority of simple minded 'look I'm a real liberal and everyone who thinks diverend should be exiled' people.
czukowski
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:32
 

The ONLY reason NOT to like this song would be for religious reasons.Its as good as a song gets.
ColdMiser
(Out in the Cold)
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 11:34
 

Some of Todd Rundgren's best production work
stalfnzo
(Somewhere... out there)
Posted: Aug 19, 2014 17:42
 

This song speaks the truth. We created god, not the other way around. Look at all the suffering in the world caused by organized religion, a man-made monstrosity. 
bluejay08003
Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:11
 

 apd wrote:
Can't believe I just noticed this but - does the kid have an American accent? Which would be odd, for a quintessentially English band...
The part was sung by a friend of producer Todd Rundgren. I don't know for sure, but he's American, and the album was recorded in the U.S., so most likely she's American. Lots of other artists "sound American" too, for what it's worth, such as Abba (at least they don't have Swedish accents on the songs), Neil Young, etc.  
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Jun 18, 2014 3:04
 

 westslope wrote:

Must disagree.  People fight over resources.  Always.  

 
True enough. Religion is usually a cover and legitimation and the 'official' reason for fighting, as Lemmoth wrote, but in the end it all comes down to economics. It always does.
westslope
(BC coast)
Posted: May 17, 2014 19:30
 

 lemmoth wrote:
.....

Religious differences - as assinine and foolish as many of them are - are the (at least stated) reason for most of the wars we humans have waged. 

 
Must disagree.  People fight over resources.  Always.  
diannemck56
(Sacramento, CA)
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:39
 

This makes me sad.
ksg
(Florida)
Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:30
 

whoa - I haven't heard this in YEARS!! (decades?)

enjoying it though very much!
tkosh
(Minnesota)
Posted: Jan 11, 2014 7:56
 

 apd wrote:
Can't believe I just noticed this but - does the kid have an American accent? Which would be odd, for a quintessentially English band...

  We mid-west Americans don't have an accent.  The rest of the world does.  We talk normal.  Ha!  


apd
(Toronto, On)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:10
 

Can't believe I just noticed this but - does the kid have an American accent? Which would be odd, for a quintessentially English band...
MassivRuss
(The Commonwealth of Massachusetts - God Save It!)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:06
 

What's the beef in previous comments with a song about personal struggle with belief and faith? I'm an atheist and I think this is a great song - lyrically and musically.
diannemck56
(Sacramento)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:06
 

Very disappointing.


lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:05
 

 Gajdzin wrote:
Horrible. And the girl sings out of tune. She's not the first one who can't sing, but where is the producer and recording engineer? Shame on them for allowing something like that to leave their mixing desk.

 
You are joking of course, right?  
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:04
 

 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Andy believes that God does not exist and he seems pretty angry at Him for that.

I have always thought this was a very powerful song but it relies on objections to theism that have been adequately and repeatedly answered. Still, it is a testimony to the power of a well written song.

 
The crux for me is the same one Lennon addressed:

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

Religious differences - as assinine and foolish as many of them are - are the (at least stated) reason for most of the wars we humans have waged. 
lemmoth
(NYC)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:02
 

 jukes1 wrote:
Like the sentiment, hate the song.

 
Love the sentiment and the song.
Ahnyer_Keester
(Chicago Il)
Posted: Oct 08, 2013 14:34
 

Andy believes that God does not exist and he seems pretty angry at Him for that.

I have always thought this was a very powerful song but it relies on objections to theism that have been adequately and repeatedly answered. Still, it is a testimony to the power of a well written song.
Krispian
(Vancouver, BC)
Posted: Oct 08, 2013 14:33
 

Masterpiece
dw
(PHill, CA)
Posted: Oct 08, 2013 14:32
 

I felt it apropos that I gave it a "godlike" rating of 10. My rating is more for the meaning rather than a musical critique.
zenhead
(Maine)
Posted: Jul 06, 2013 5:59
 

Not XTC's best. a little heavy and plodding.
jukes1
(Indianapolis, IN)
Posted: Jun 04, 2013 10:16
 

Like the sentiment, hate the song.
Gajdzin
(Warsaw, Poland)
Posted: May 03, 2013 14:41
 

Horrible. And the girl sings out of tune. She's not the first one who can't sing, but where is the producer and recording engineer? Shame on them for allowing something like that to leave their mixing desk.
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 11:36
 

 pegteger wrote:
Love this song, BUT  XTC ruined it completely. It now sounds like a terrible karaoke recording of someone who cannot carry any tune.
 
"XTC ruined it"?  They wrote it (well, founding member Andy Partridge did).  Is there some other version somewhere?
pegteger
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 11:24
 

Love this song, BUT  XTC ruined it completely. It now sounds like a terrible karaoke recording of someone who cannot carry any tune.
ziakut
(Slightly North of Obvlivion)
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 11:20
 

Wish I had written this amazing song!