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XTC – Dear God lyrics

Dear God, hope you got the letter and...
I pray you can make it better down here
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image
see them starving on their feet
'Cause they don't get enough to eat from God
I can't believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you but...
I feel that I should be heard Loud and clear
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
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
I can't believe in you

Did you make disease and, the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the devil too!

Dear God don't know if you noticed but...
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
And, us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain't, and so do you
Dear God...
I can't believe in...
I don't believe in...

I won't believe in heaven and hell
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well
No pearly gates, no thorny crown
You're always letting us humans down
The wars you bring, the babes you drown
Those lost at sea and never found
And it's the same the whole world 'round
The hurt I see helps to compound
That father, son, and holy ghost
Is just somebody's unholy hoax
And if you're up there you'll perceive
That my heart's here upon my sleeve
If there's one thing I don't believe in...

It's you
Dear God.

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    The song is of course about the lack of faith in the face of all the perceived wrong in the world. It shows the sheer incredulous anger that comes from that void. What I find so moving about it is how much it seems like the song seems to cry for something to believe in and wants to be wrong, but in the end, the weight of that burden finally is to much and it ends in the resignation of hopelessness.
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    Well, I can't speak for Andy Partridge, but for me (and art is always given life by the audience), this has always been a song directed *not* at any god in particular but rather at those who arrogantly try to enforce their careless religious beliefs and doctrine upon the rest of society, characteristically upon a minority population â€" an angry song, to be sure. I see it as a determined rejection of that aggressive enforcement of belief and doctrine which â€" let's face it â€" was developed as a means of controlling large populaces. If the song were just a statement of disbelief in the teachings of the majority, then the aspect of addressing the song to their god would be contradictory and self-cancelling.
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    I believe in god and that jesus died on the cross for our sins, so that we may reunited with the holy spirit. We live in a fallen world and the cruel nature of satan stalks all of us. The greatest feat he could ever hope to accomplish is to sow disbelief and destruction to those beings made in god's image. To destroy god's glory he must destroy us. Satan's ballad is that of hatred, decent and revenge. To say"dear god, i don't believe in you" is satan's glory, which is doomed to failure. I pray for those who wrote this song. For I love you and will pray for your salvation.
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