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Sarah McLachlan — Dear God
Album: Rarities, B-Sides, And Other Stuff
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Released: 1996
Length: 3:53
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Dear God, I Hope you got the letter and
I pray that you can make it better down here.
I don't need 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 amounts of tears
But all the people that you made in your image,
See them fighting in the street
'Cause they can't make opinions meet
About God.
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've noticed but
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this Book.
Us crazy humans wrote it; you should take a look.
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believin' 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 lettin' 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
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody's unholy hoax.
And if you're up there, you 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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bakedjake wrote:
blasphemy. where the hell is XTC when you need them?
Certainly not here.
Machiavelli wrote:
Credit definitely goes to XTC for a good song, and Andy Partridge for great lyrics, but Sarah's voice does a powerful job of conveying the emotion, especially the anger - I like the original, but I love the cover.
Hear, hear!
Dear God, don't let Sarah cover this song! If God was one of us, he'd tell her to shut up! UGH!
qbee wrote:
I love this song, and love Sarah, but it mostly makes me think "wow, I'd sure love to hear XTC!" or perhaps some Dukes of Stratosphere?
Right On!!!
I love this song, and love Sarah, but it mostly makes me think "wow, I'd sure love to hear XTC!" or perhaps some Dukes of Stratosphere?
Credit definitely goes to XTC for a good song, and Andy Partridge for great lyrics, but Sarah's voice does a powerful job of conveying the emotion, especially the anger - I like the original, but I love the cover.
i like sarah. but xtc just had this down. loved the kids voice in the original. i had all of the xtc tapes. still favor them.
She sucked all the anger out of an angry song! What's left is pretty, but empty.
I love Sarah\'s voice, but I find her music just dilutes good ideas. It drowns them in a soup of breathy padded background vocals.. This would be cool to hear live as an homage to the original, but as a recording it\'s less quirky and less endearing.
What? What? What? I just can\'t relate to this. \"I don\'t need a reduction in the price of beer\" That\'s devil talk!
nice cover.
don\'t care what y\'all say... Sarah rocks :notworthy:
blasphemy. where the hell is XTC when you need them?
I\'m not quite sure what emotion she\'s trying to convey. Overall, a muddled half-attempt at a cover. We need a \"Straight to the dustbin!\" rating.
Yep, she trying way too hard with this. Blech. :(
Sorry, Sarah. XTC\'s is the better version. :roll:
I think I prefer the original. Gotta love the guitar as done by XTC.
I like Sarah McLachlan, but I don\'t like this song very much.
Originally Posted by Eulogy: Theres just too much faux emotion piled on top of what was orignially a cold declaration of atheism.
Your comments nailed it for me. This is way to feigned for inclusion in this format...
I am a sucker for cover songs, but the case is very rare in which a cover surpasses the original (Vedder doing Masters of War!!!). However, I think I like Sarah\'s version better than the XTC original. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Theres just too much faux emotion piled on top of what was orignially a cold declaration of atheism.
There ain\'t nothing like the real thing.
Originally Posted by SnipeHunter: Yeah, she needs more "actual" FEELING in her recordings! She actually has FEELINGS here! (plus, this is a great song!) But, I don't believe in making statements of this kind, therefore I never said/wrote/thought This!!! Sorry; I Don't even exist!
:lol: :clap: :lol: forget yer meds again, didja?
The XTC version is better but good for Sarah. That song speaks volumes to me. Really opened my eyes during a very confusing time in my life.Also more XTC would be nice. :frustrated:
:cool: Not bad. Definitely outside the usual box for Sarah McLachlan. ------------- On subsequent listens I believe I like the original better - this one takes itself to seriously (whatever that means :rolleyes: )
I guess it\'s been said already, but I feel I gotta throw in my $.02... Nice version, but XTC does it better. And speaking of which, more XTC would be a good thing. bc
Originally Posted by Penth: She comes close to beating XTC's original, but doesn't quite make it. Still, this is such a different sound than Sarah McLachlan's usual - and *very* well done considering that - that she should be encouraged to do more of it. (And RP should play it more often.)
Yeah, she needs more "actual" FEELING in her recordings! She actually has FEELINGS here! (plus, this is a great song!) But, I don't believe in making statements of this kind, therefore I never said/wrote/thought This!!! Sorry; I Don't even exist!
She comes close to beating XTC\'s original, but doesn\'t quite make it. Still, this is such a different sound than Sarah McLachlan\'s usual - and *very* well done considering that - that she should be encouraged to do more of it. (And RP should play it more often.)
I adore the original, and still enjoy this cover. I also think this is a great track for Sarah McLachlan. It\'s one of the few songs where I\'ve heard her really get into it. I wish she put as much gut feeling and expression into her other recent work -- mix up that wistful angst with some angry angst. ;-)
:clap: great song!
For a change, a decent cover version of an excellent song.
My upload... a nice alternative to the original (by XTC)... Something a little different than Sarah\'s typical fare.
Now you know why this is a b-side or "other stuff." Sorry, I'll take the original any day. :(