SHOUT THE SONG OF FREEDOM NOW!WHY SHOULD THE DEVIL HAVEALL THE GOOD MUSIC? DAY 3

OCICBW... is attempting to compile a definitive list of the greatest songs of all time that have some kind of religious content. They can be from any genre and any religion. They most certainly don't have to be restricted to just the Christian music business but suggestions of Christian music that is actually not painful to listen to would be interesting.

There are some rules which will be applied strictly:

1) There must be words (instrumentals will not be accepted).

2) Songs written to be hymns or worship songs are excluded (but not songs that have been later adopted as such).

3) No settings of previously written texts will be accepted (e.g. a classical composer's setting of a latin mass).

Your suggestions have been flooding in and there have been some crackers. We shall be featuring as many of them as possible over the next week or so. Here is today's selection:

"Graceland" by Paul Simon. Suggested by Tim.
"The Rivers of Babylon" by The Melodians. Suggested by Robert.
"O Parvardigar" (Live In India 1972) by Pete Townshend. Suggested by Caminante.
"If" by Paul Heaton. Suggested by +Clumber.
"Fuckups Of The World Unite" by The Gena Rowlands Band. MadPriest's choice.

Comments

SHOUT THE SONG OF FREEDOM NOW!WHY SHOULD THE DEVIL HAVEALL THE GOOD MUSIC? DAY 3 — 12 Comments

  1. Five of your suggestions made the cut. The first of them will turn up on a selection in a couple of days or so. I working through them in the order they came in.

  2. Thanks, Lois. I’m so pleased there was a good response to this. I’ve got enough good suggestions to keep going for a couple of weeks and they’re still coming in.

  3. A few suggestions
    Thomas Tallis – Spem in Alium
    Coldplay – Cemetaries of London
    Mister Mister – Broken Wings
    Lost Dogs – Sweet Work of Love
    Leonard Cohen – If it Be Your Will
    Duran Duran – Save a Prayer (only kidding)
    Eurythmics – Missionary Man
    U2 – Acrobat
    REM – Losing My Religion
    Shriekback – Nemesis (not quite sure if this counts as religious content, its certainly apocalyptic)
    The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (ok it just has 1 line about the church, but it’s too good a song to leave off the list)
    Why? – I Don’t Adam and Eve It

  4. I am really happy to see “By the Rivers of Babylon” by the Melodians on this list. I find it incredibly moving that this text speaks to so many different cultures and situations. (Plus, good music!)

  5. Terrific song of rebuilding – “shingle by Shingle” by Eric Bibb…
    He’s got more on his Good Stuff album – like ‘Don’t ever let nobody drag your spirit down’, and more explicit – In my Father’s house’ off Spirit & the Blues.

    Another one that speaks to me of constant love is ‘Time after Time’ by Cyndy Lauper (or anyone else for that matter).