New album by Regina Spektor is released today with this track. Interesting lyrics which seem to suggest that many people have a bit of apathy or doubt about God, but then in tough situations they hope that God is real and someone to rely upon. Here are some of the lyrics:
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very poor
No one laughs at God when the doctor calls after some routine tests
No one’s laughing at God when it’s gotten real late and their kid’s not back from that party yet
God can be funny
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie
Who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious
This song puts me in mind of Joan Osborn’s song “What If God Was One of Us” from more than a decade ago. It is unclear what Regina’s faith really is, but it is clear that she is facinated by religious thought and this and past lyrics. Her music is not generally considered autobiographical, but no doubt her belief and life experience inform her song-writing.
What do you hear in these lyrics? What does Regina’s music say about our culture?
In the context of previous posts, what would be questions for someone like Regina before attempting to present your views on faith and religion? How might her informed perspective on religion shape her connection with you as you attempt to foster authentic and genuine relationship with her? What are ways that you may be challenged in your own perspective and belief while having open dialogues with someone like her?