Week 218 // A Trick in the Dark

by Mount Everest

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What this song is not: an indictment of all religion, belief, practice, or doctrine. What this song is: a critique of many popular religions, beliefs, practices, and doctrines. In the faith of my upbringing, god is love. God cannot both be love and anger. God cannot be both love and divisiveness through superiority of one group over another. God cannot be both love and petty jealousness. God cannot be both love and damning of kind people who disagree on god's nature or existence. God cannot be both love and the reason to fight a war. God cannot be both love and an excuse to discriminate against, persecute, and systematically disenfranchise marginalized groups. God cannot possibly be both love and vengeance.

I am unequipped to say what god is. I don't know that god is anything. I do know that the only god worthy of any of my attention would have to be a loving one. The god I hear people talking about out there is most often not a loving one. I'm thinking hard on this one.

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Almighty our god
Is an angry old man
With his hand in his pocket
And his gun in that hand
And if he pulls it on you
You'll be dead where you stand
so think of that
When you're saying your prayers

Almighty our god
Is a lamp in the sky
And if you tell enough friends
You'll switch on when you die
Yeah if you tell enough people
You'll spend eternity high
So think of that
When you speak to your friends

Halleluja

Almighty our god
Is a word you can't say
And should he rise to your lips
You must push him away
'Cause he is jealous and vengeful
And we like him that way
'Cause he is ours
And says we're not wrong

Halleluja

but hold on a minute...

Almighty our god
Is a trick in the dark
And although it is hard
We'll light up with a spark
That revenge isn't love
And that a god who embarks
On revenge
Is a god who is not love

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released January 20, 2015

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Mount Everest Brooklyn, New York

I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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