As a popular music historian (of a sort), I am constantly banging head first into hit songs about people's imaginary friends. And, as such, I mourn for the nation and the world.

So ...

Question 1). Which are your most hated god-centric popular songs? (Mine are, in order, "God Bless The U.S.A." (Lee Greenwood), "Jesus Take The Wheel" (Carrie Underwood) and "Jesus Walks" (Kanye West).

Question 2). Do you have any god-centric popular songs that you rather like, despite their theme? (I'll only admit to "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, though there are one or two others.)

Question 3). This one is going to be a stumper, I fear. Aside from "Imagine" by John Lennon, is there/are there another/other popular song(s) which are expressly atheistic/humanistic and specifically don't call upon an invisible friend? (I say "popular," in that there are probably many by a variety of indie artists, but those don't necessarily swim in the mainstream where everyone would have heard it on the radio.)

There are a million reasons why there wouldn't be -- not the least of which it's hard to sing about a negative of something (belief), but maybe I'm overlooking something.

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One that always confused me is Judith by Perfect Circle. I've had religious people tell me it's about Jesus, but the lyrics sure make me think it's a against religion and blind faith.

And since the internet is so full of information I just read that it was about his mom who had an aneurysm when the song writer was 11, and she could no longer take care of him, but she remained faithful.

The lyrics:

You're such an inspiration
For the ways that I will
Never, ever choose to be
Oh so many ways for me to show you
How your savior has abandoned you

Fuck your God, your Lord, your Christ
He did this, took all you had and
Left you this way, still you pray, never stray, never
Taste of the fruit, never thought to question "Why?"

It's not like you killed someone
It's not like you drove a hateful spear into his side
Praise the one who left you broken down and paralyzed

He did it all for you...
He did it all for you...

Oh so many ways for me to show you
How your dogma has abandoned you

Pray to your Christ, to your God
Never taste of the fruit, never stray, never break, never
Choke on a lie even though he's the one who
Did this to you, you never thought to question "Why?"

It's not like you killed someone
It's not like you drove a spiteful spear into his side
Talk to Jesus Christ as if he knows the reasons why

He did it all for you...
He did it all for you...
He did it all for yo
I despise that song. I remember having to listen to that horrible song in the 90's when I was in elementary school and my mom and step dad would take me to the baptist christian church!!Ugh, made me wane for the catholic church and all their bloody pics of jesus hanging and the quiet hypocrisy of the catholics.
Eulogy from Tool was always nice. Some say its about Jesus, some say L. Ron Hubbard, others say a number of other things. I guess it is for the listener to decide.

He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.
We'll miss him.
We'll miss him.

He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.
We'll miss him.
We're gonna miss him
We're gonna miss him

So long.
We wish you well.
You told us how you weren't afraid to die.
Well then, so long.
Don't cry.
Or feel too down.
Not all martyrs see divinity.
But at least you tried.

Standing above the crowd,
He had a voice that was strong and loud.
We'll miss him.
We'll miss him.

Ranting and pointing his finger
At everything but his heart.
We'll miss him.
We'll miss him.
We're gonna miss him.
We're gonna miss him.

No way to recall
What it was that you had said to me,
Like I care at all.

But you were so loud.
You sure could yell.
You took a stand on every little thing
And so loud.

"I'm too smart when you're invisible by the bone and the symbol on you. So he bashes his skull through the window while over looking the sea. Twilight amber ego. We were amused by this"

Standing above the crowd,
He had a voice that was strong and loud and I
Swallowed his facade cuz I'm so
Eager to identify with
Someone above the ground,
Someone who seemed to feel the same,
Someone prepared to lead the way, with
Someone who would die for me.

Will you? Will you now?
Would you die for me?
Don't you fuckin lie.

Don't you step out of line.
Don't you step out of line.
Don't you step out of line.
Don't you fuckin lie.

You've claimed all this time that you would die for me.
Why then are you so surprised when you hear your own
Eulogy?

He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.
He had a lot to say.
He had a lot of nothing to say.

Come down.
Get off your fuckin cross.
We need the fuckin space to nail the next fool martyr.

To ascend you must die.
You must be crucified
For our sins and our lies.
Goodbye!!!
I don't know if the members of Slayer are Atheists. But I'm pretty sure they aren't Christians. Last couple of CDs have had some killer lyrics. Christ Illusion & World Painted Blood CD song samples from "Cult & Hate Worldwide" Powerful stuff.

"Cult"
Oppression is the Holy Law
In God I distrust
In time His monuments will fall
Like ashes to dust
Is war and creed the master plan?
The Bible's where it all began
Its propaganda sells despair
And spreads the virus everywhere

[Refrain:]
Religion is hate
Religion is fear
Religion is war
Religion is rape
Religion's obscene
Religion's a whore

The pestilence of Jesus Christ
There never was a sacrifice
No man upon the crucifix
Beware the cult of purity
Infectious imbecility
I've made my choice
666!


"Hate Worldwide"
I stab you right between the eyes
You awaken from the lies
I said it ever since the inception
Where the masters of deception
I'm a godless heretic
Not a god-fearing lunatic
That's why it's become my obsession
To treat God like an infection
Ugh, I hate Jesus Take the Wheel with a passion. And just thinking about it gets it stuck in my head. >.X So excuse me while I go smash my head into a brick wall to make it leave.
Concur there!
#3) Rush has lots of anti-religion songs.

The other questions, who cares.
Otep! Its metal but one of my faves on that one is The Lord Is My Weapon",
"The lord is my weapon
And I see him shoot pawns
Woman is the devil
Your god is a fraud
Everyone you knew
Everything you've ever done
Suffer for your freedom
Die by the law"

Theres also Unveiled by Otep. She mentions Gods like Kali but only in the sense of destroying all the Gods of today. Theres also Blasphemous Girl My Ruin or 100% by Angelspit.
1) I suppose "God Bless the USA" would be my least favorite. I can actually say I've never had to listen to "Jesus Take the Wheel" or anything like that, so really I only have to deal with bad god music when it's used on television.

2) I'm not sure if Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" is about a guy or god but I love that song. Inkubus Sukkubus have a lot of pagan songs I like and Deathspell Omega, while Luciferian, are pretty enjoyable as well. Oh, and I forgot Orphaned Land.

3) Gogol Bordello's "Supertheory of Supereverything" comes to mind first (someone hinted at this song earlier but couldn't remember the title). Wednesday 13 have "God is a Lie" though it's not really a positive song.

I'm sure there's probably a lot more I listed to or used to listen to but I rarely pay attention to song lyrics.
"Papillon" by Editors is sort of atheistic...



Make your escape, you're my own Papillon
The world turns too fast, feel love before it done
It kicks like a sleep twitch
My Papillon, feel love when it's done

It kicks like a sleep twitch !!

Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
If there really was a God here
He'd have raised a hand by now

Darling, you were born but you will die here
Oh that's quite enough for me too,
We'll find our own way home somehow.

No sense of doubt, for what you can achieve,
I'd help you out, I've seen the life you wish to lead.
Well it kicks like a sleep twitch
You will choke, choke on the air you try to breathe
It kicks like a sleep twitch

Darling, just don't put down your guns yet
if there really was a God here
He'd have raised a hand by now

Darling, you were born but I'm gonna die here
Well that's quite enough for me too
We'll find our own home somehow
It kicks like a sleep twitch

It kicks like a sleep twitch
First off, Cliff: Great post--and comments. I believe what the world needs now (besides a major environmental and economic overhaul) is more atheistic/humanistic music that inspires. (BTW, I don't recall ever before hearing or reading the term "invisible" or "imaginary friend"; rather clever:-) )

Since this is my first comment, I believe I at least owe you the honor of attempting to answer your questions, so here goes:

1) This is a tough one, not b/c there are so few to choose from but so many. Not only that; I've become accustomed to ignoring the "imaginary friend" aspect of the lyrics and focusing merely on the music itself. If I like a tune, I'll listen to it. Sometimes when I can't find anything I want to listen to while driving I'll tune the radio to a Christian station (after all, I don't exactly hate Christians; I merely disagree with their beliefs), and I've grown rather fond of many songs I've heard now and again on those stations. So I walk a fine line between love and hate when it comes to what the music industry likes to package as "inspirational" music. I agree with you about "God Bless the USA". In fact, after doing a six-year stint in the Army National Guard, I've come to despise revisiting just about any of those modern popular songs marketed in the name of patriotism. In a more purely religious sense, the first (and only) song that comes to mind at the moment is "My God Is an Awesome God". I'm afraid I'm not sure who sings it, but I'm willing to bet you and many others here have heard it and hated it, too;-)

2) This is also a tough one for the opposite reason I gave for question #1. As I indicated above, there are rather a lot of songs I could choose from that fall into this category. I'll just list the first few that come to mind: "I Can Only Imagine", by MercyMe; "I Believe", by Blessid Union of Souls; and "My Place in This World", by Michael W. Smith. I can even find enjoyment in the lyrics of the latter two since they carry messages that aren't specifically about God.

3) I wish I could come up with something--anything--more than what I've discovered so far on the Internet since beginning my search yesterday evening. But the very reason I ended up here was because I hoped I could start my own such list; I've really no idea of some uplifting, (perhaps) popular songs that are based in atheism/humanism rather than in religion.

Thanks for bearing with me as I get acquainted with all this. And, please, keep up the good posts!

Best,
Carlos
1) Also Jesus Take the Wheel.
2) Not entirely God-centric, but I love Keeper of the Stars
3) Don't know of any that specifically address lack of beliefs, but there are some artists I like that have never had a song about god.

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