A Couple Of My Favorite Xmas Songs

Here are some old Christmas songs I always loved, back in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It amazes me how relevant they are today.

Here are the lyrics for Greg Lake’s I Believe in Father Christmas for you to sing along with the video. You remember Greg Lake? From Emerson, Lake and Palmer? Continue reading

A Little XTC

A little throwaway post for your musical enjoyment.

Dear God (lyrics)

Ballad of Peter Pumkinhead (lyrics)


Some Non-Theist Lyrics

[I thought I’d try a little light fare today.]

I sat alone in the dark one night, tuning in by remote
I found a preacher who spoke of the light but there was brimstone in his throat
He’d show me the way according to him in return for my personal check
I flipped my channel back to CNN and I lit another cigarette

I take my chances, forgiveness doesn’t come with a debt
I take my chances, I take my chances every chance I get

I was listening to the song, I Take My Chances, sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter, this morning in the car, and remembered that the next to the last line up there was one of those dawning moments in my atheism, when I realized the utter nonsense of TV evangelists hawking their promised salvation in return for donations from their audience. Unlike the collections in local churches, that went primarily to pay the salaries to the pastor, the mortgage on the church, and if there was some left over, charitable donations, the Pat Robertsons and the Jimmy Swaggarts of the world were simply fleecing their respective flocks to enrich themselves. Forgiveness, salvation, whatever they were selling, should be free from a loving god. “Forgiveness doesn’t come with a debt.” Sheer profundity. Continue reading

Gotta Serve Somebody & Ain’t Going To Hell for Anybody

I just like Bob Dylan and this was one of his seminal songs recorded and performed during his “Christian” period. Continue reading