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Dear God Lyrics

Artist: XTC
Album: Fossil Fuels: The XTC Singles

Dear god, hope you get 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 in the street
'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

I won't believe in heaven or 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
Comments/Interpretations
by Peter on 5/22/2008 10:26pm
This song is written as a series of reasons why a God does not exist. The lyrics are written from an extremely limited perspective of the world and the universe.
by dan on 6/25/2008 10:13am
God is real this song lyrically blows maybe if it actuall had rythym
by Littlejohn on 7/4/2008 12:20pm
Kinda like the book of Job if Job had actually LOST his faith. But, hey - if we could proclaim evrything we didn't like or understand to therefore not exist, we wouldn't have to pay taxes...!
by George on 7/6/2008 6:51am
Very good lyrics
by alicia on 7/16/2008 12:30am
This is a great song but shouldnt be taken too seriously, its just a good song. period.
by Lorraine on 7/21/2008 2:33pm
This song is so much more honest than the bible and it's spot on. I think it should be taken serious. In a world that uses the supposed word of god for pure seething hatred etc. The bible and all it's loving bible bashers, have destroyed many good people's lives. We should be fair & kind but not for fear of eternal damnation by a loving GOD!!!
by Galileo on 1/6/2009 4:45pm
It's funny how people are always for religious freedom as long as it's THEIR religious beliefs. When someone writes a song (like this one) about MY religious beliefs, they have plenty of insults about it. Just like the Taliban.

I thought this was a catchy tune until I actually listened to the lyrics and discovered, it's entirely about my beliefs. I've grown to love this song.

Play it back-to-back with Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus".
by Siri on 4/3/2009 10:05pm
I personally love this song and thinks he had a great point. What I don't get is why people say its okay to be atheist, but as soon as somebody writes a song about it, people flip....
by Sunnyfroglady on 12/8/2009 11:17am
The lyrics to this song make me think of a child who proclaims "I hate you, Mommy!" The narrator is hurting from all the ills in the world and he is right, there are terrible evils in this world and he feels despair and that there is nothing he can do about them. So, like a child that feels helpless and unable to do anything, the worst you can do is say "I hate you" or, in this case "I don't believe in you!". But notice, he still is addressing the Lord by singing Him this song.
by Paul on 3/4/2010 5:28pm
This song is kinda like the John Lennon singing "imagine", imagine there's no heaven, raising questions...it makes valid points, but my God is real, and understands my questioning because I am a human and I have faults and doubts, yet I STILL believe-it's called faith...and Dan, you are an idiot, it has phenomenal rhythm and I bet you have never HEARD the song just read lyrics...WONDERFUL song!
by Neil on 6/18/2010 1:56pm
It's a paradox. By the statements and the fact that the singer is praying, verifies his or her belief. It's an angry letter, so to speak, and I totally agree with Sunnyfroglady. She hits it on the head.
by George (another one) on 7/10/2010 12:46am
Ill have to disagree with Sunnyfroglady and Neil. I believe that hes addressing the letter to god because hes being sarcastic. It actually was pretty clear to me
by Patrick on 1/29/2011 12:02pm
I think the writer expresses his feelings pretty clearly and he makes perfect sense. The addressing of God is artistically sarcastic.

The Bible, and religion in general was created by ancient humans to try and understand things beyond their reasoning and understanding given their primitive state. In another 1000 years, people will look at the people of today and laugh at their belief systems and the number of lives lost because of superstition just as we laugh at people who used to think the world was flat and that diseases could be cured by bleeding.

In fact, I find it amazing that seemingly intelligent, highly functioning people can claim to believe that the stories of the bible are historically accurate and infallible. They don't even hold up to the logic of a 10 year old schoolboy.
by Samantha on 2/2/2011 10:31am
We really need to listen to this song with an open mind. The events she is referring to are the crises that plague the human race that if there was a God then What kind of God allows these horrible things to happen? I think she is try to say, she believes in God, why would you talk to someone if you believed they didn't hear you. She is just angry at God.
by Exodus on 3/8/2011 5:59pm
We are primal creatures Samantha. We all want to be noticed, to talk to someone. You all have your imaginary friend "God". She needed someone to listen to her.
by Boston on 5/3/2011 4:56pm
God is real, we should never be angry at God because he lets these things happen;there is a reason these happen...
by Stez on 5/19/2011 7:14pm
Great True song!!
by Ann Atheist on 5/29/2011 10:58am
Singing (ranting?) along with this song is an excellent, cathartic way of dealing with the frustration of listening to yet another Christian telling you exactly what God's will is.
by Alan on 8/15/2011 10:25pm
Anyone who can hear/read these lyrics and claim they are from a believer really is beyond saving, but then I suppose Faith is the suspension of Logic by definition. I agree with Galileo (1/6/2009) about the hypocrisy of religious types...
by Chicago on 11/9/2011 8:50am
This is a wonderful song. We need more like this! The atheist point of view is suppressed in our culture.
by John Lombard on 11/13/2011 2:39pm
This song is great! I say that as a man who professes faith in Jesus Christ. The song gives me an understanding of the writer's interpretation toward the one, true God, and his lyrics give me a good reason to write an evaluation for my Christian Faith and Values class while critiquing it using a Christian worldview. :-)
by Dawn on 11/18/2011 2:38pm
He who has little faith, has no hope for a better future. The only way to a better and brighter future is through GOD! I feel sorry for you.
by Kevin on 11/26/2011 3:11pm
Just my opinion... I believe that we humans crete the misery that XTC ascribes to God. That's faulty logic and an oversimplification to simply say God did all the bad stuff. That leaves me and my bad decisions completely out of the equation. Our own bad decisions and free will is to blame for most of the crappy stuff we do to each other. I am not a robot or puppet whose every move is controlled by a higher power.
by James on 1/17/2012 5:43pm
Phenomenal song... and lyrics as well. For those with Faith, you need nothing more. For those without, there is no way to find Faith without questions. Most religions base their Faith on interpretations of writing that was done long ago, and often in another language. Millions of Christians have Faith that God spoke to people so long ago so that they could write his word, yet none of those millions would believe me if I said God had spoken to me and asked me to write some stuff down for him. Although 2 of the 12 apostles were also named James... as was the name of the king that has his own interpretation of the Bible... Hmmmmmm...
by GROW UP on 1/25/2012 5:42pm
You cannot explain all reasons why your deities are false in a three minute song. Grow up! Evidence against creationism is many and continually growing, yet evidence for creationism is nowhere to be found. You all result in stagnation of humanity! You are all in denial, arrogant, afraid of the dark.
No evidence for religion assholes! Yet, you idiots try to make the stories fit though theyve been disproven! Every divine part of religious texts are disproven by science, logic, etc. Religion= stagnation, misogyny, homophobia, war, death, destruction, arrogance, denial, ignorance, etc.
by TheBrood on 1/27/2012 10:10am
Love the song, love the lyrics even more.
by Tyler Durden on 2/23/2012 8:53pm
The Problem of Evil is the most compelling argument against any kind of benevolent God. The evil from Free Will is acceptable. But why do we need Small Pox and Tsunamis? I've never heard a compelling argument to refute it. I would love to hear a good explanation. P.S. if you want me to take your argument seriously, please don't have the words "Adam and Eve" in your reply.
by Holy Crusadistic on 3/16/2012 11:32am
Many of you are taking the lyrics to this song too literally. Although Andy Partridge (the author) is addressing God directly God is NOT his intended audience, YOU the listeners/readers are. Also, this song is not written about god directly so to speak. The song is a metaphor for the disdain that Partridge feels towards books of a similar title that you ALL may know, those being "Dear God, are you there? It's me Margaret". Partridge felt that the books exploited childrens' naitivity and "brainwashed" them with certain religious beliefs. "us crazy humans wrote it" refers to BOTH the bible and the "Dear God" books and reminds us that they are NOT DIVINE they are simply human opinion/interpetation and should only be treated as such.

by Eveline on 4/12/2012 9:59am
I love this song and am glad to finally learn why Andy P. wrote it & what he was referring to - mostly those "dear God" books. For me, when I hear those lyrics & and think about the amount of hate in God's name, I am very glad to be an atheist. Believe in the goodness of each other, not the fairy tale of any God.
by Spanish Inquisition on 4/25/2012 8:52am
Religion is a good way for a few to keep hold on many. If you put "the fear of god" into people, you can get them to do most anything.

I have no respect for religion, and feel it does much more harm than good. Today's bible has been through so many translations and rewrites; should it be so hard to believe that some of those translators and rewriters put their own views and biases into the script to influence people a certain way?

The song makes a valid point, echoes my feelings exactly, and can be taken any way you like. But take it at face value if you want it's true meaning.
by Wolftalker on 5/17/2012 2:24am
This is SERIOUS song. This is GREAT song. This is a COURAGEOUS song. Wake up idiots.
by Siouxie on 5/23/2012 5:54pm
Andy Patridge of XTC is mentally ill. Many great artists are. It's sad but those of us who understand that God is good can see good in life. When you're mentally ill, it's hard to believe that God would make us that way. Life is what it is, extremely unfair at times and beautiful at others. If all were perfect and utopian, why would anyone WANT heaven? God promises perfection if we accept Him during our FLEETING time here.
by leslie on 6/6/2012 8:19am
This song makes me sick! God created the world for man.most of the tragedies that happen we create and bring on ourselves.
by Larry on 6/13/2012 6:15am
Just saw this song on tv. I'm older now and hearing it again I now see that the lyricist did not understand. When I was a child, I spoke as a child..."Blind Faith" is what this world is about. HOW DO WE REACT when we come across the evils of each day. Do we curse God or SUBMIT to His will because we all are "suppose" to go "Home" at the end of our test. Unless we deny our maker by ignoring Him while we have the chance on earth to do right. typical atheist want as "they" want and do not have the vision of the greater goal. HOW DO YOU REACT?
by tracyj on 7/11/2012 8:11am
You, none of you, KNOW if God exists or not. How dare you claim science proves he is not real. There isn't proof either way. And this song certainly doesn't sum it up. It is a lyrically angry and musically sweet song. Just like a child. Religion doesn't have anything to do with hate. Mankind does a great job of that without any help from God. God is love. Simply put, but so true.
by soxcrusher on 9/23/2012 9:26am
God must be real, didn't Indiana Jones find the holy grail? Honestly though, I think there is a god, just not any of the ones associated with Organized Religion. Just something with more awareness than our human and animal companions.
by poop on 1/30/2013 1:57am
fuck all of you who thought god is real
this song is incredible and true and powerful and strong and perfect in every way
tracyj is right
we dont know if he's real or not but we have no proof that he is so we can't assume that he is
it makes more sense to say that because we know nothing he probably doesn't exist
by sharon on 2/14/2013 11:16am
Organized religion is b.s., if you need to believe in something to get through life more power to you. I just have a hard time with somebody telling me if i don't accept "Jesus Christ" I'm going to help, no matter how well i lived my life. The child rapist can accept j.c. and live in eternal sunshine, i call bullshit....there is no heaven or hell, its life then death. Be good to yourself and others and you will live a fulfilling life.......
by Edward on 1/26/2014 12:58pm
This world is a test. How you handle others, the luck you make. If you good enough, you move on. If not, you come back and try again. God never promised it would be easy. Understand the true size of our universe, and there should be no doubt of some kind of god or creator, whoever is right.


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