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Old 04-11-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: The backwoods of Pennsylvania ... unfortunately.
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Holy Smoke


This Ozzy great was my consummate "anti-religion, I'm now an atheist!" freedom song. When I finally realized what I was and felt pressured by the fundamentalist believers all around me, this is the song I played. Loudly, I might add. Lyrics are below the video.


Rock N Roll Rebel

They couldn't see what I thought would be so obvious
They hide behind the laws they make for all of us
The ministry of truth, that deals with pretense
The ministry of peace, that sits on defense
I'm washing my hands of what they're trying to do
It's for me, It's for me, It's for you, It's for you

I'm just a rock n' roll rebel
I'll tell you no lies
They say I worship the devil
They must be stupid or blind
I'm just a rock n' roll rebel

They live a life of fear and insecurity
And all you do is pay for their prosperity
The ministry of fear, that won't let you live
The ministry of grace, that doesn't forgive
Do what you will to try and make me conform
I'll make you wish that you had never been born

'Cause I'm a rock n' roll rebel
I'll do what I please
Yes I'm a rock n' roll rebel
And I'm as free as the breeze
I'm just a rock n' roll rebel

They'll try playin' with your hearts
They know it rules your head
If they could read between the lines
You know they'd see the real face

God only knows why they couldn't see the obvious
Is it because they manifest the incubus?
The ministry of war, that got caught in the draft
The ministry of joy, that still hasn't laughed
When it's boiled down and the day's at an end
I'll give you no bulls--t and I'll never pretend


And here's another one that rocks out against televangelists - especially a certain "Jimmy." You might remember who Ozzy is talking about.


Miracle Man


I'm looking for a miracle man that tells me no lies, I'm
Looking for a miracle man who's not in disguise

I don't know where he'll come from and I don't know where
He's been, but it's not our Jimmy sinner because he's so obscene.

Miracle man got busted, miracle man got busted

Today i saw a miracle man, on tv cryin', such a
Hypocritical man, born again, dying.

He don't know where he's goin' but we know where he's been
It was our little Jimmy sinner on the screen.

A devil with a crucifix, brimstone and fire
He needs another carnal fix
To take him higher and higher

Now Jimmy he got busted with his pants down, repent ye
Wretched sinners, self righteous clown.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: northwest Illinois
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Ozzy is a good choice!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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Speakng of instrumentals, can I get to hear an a-theistic one????? Curious as to how a composer would melodically conceive in melody only a no-god universe. Question is would we get any musical 'hits' out of that construction?????
Instrumentals are, as heard by the listener regardless of the composers intention, implicitly athiestic. As are any vocal pieces of music that do not reference or imply a deity.

Most of the music in this thread I would call anti-religious, not atheistic. Of course, for many atheists, their only way to regard the world is through an adversative relationship to religion.

With that in mind, my favorite anti-religion song in my youth was Dear God by XTC. Not the best song on the album, though.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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I believe Frank Turner has a lot of songs about being an atheist.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:08 PM
 
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As far as instrumentals are concerned, I would go with composers like Stellardrone and Carbon Based Life Forms. They put out a lot of music that brings to mind the majesty of the universe without sounding religious - no angelic choirs, no organs, that sort of thing.

Here, have a listen to 'Abiogenesis' by Carbon Based Life Forms. The little girl you'll hear in the background is reciting the Drake Equation that attempts to calculate the number of worlds with advanced intelligent life.


Abiogenesis
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:29 AM
 
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Duran Duran - None Of The Above - YouTube
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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Instrumentals are, as heard by the listener regardless of the composers intention, implicitly athiestic
hmmm..I'd be curious if there has been any psychoacoustical experiments where listeners are exposed to instrumental music and then asked to describe if the music suggest the idea of 'God' or 'no-Gods'. I'd think that listeners may have an internal conception of how the two approaches to belief sound through notes. Lots of variables here of course!
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Old 04-13-2014, 02:15 PM
 
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hmmm..I'd be curious if there has been any psychoacoustical experiments where listeners are exposed to instrumental music and then asked to describe if the music suggest the idea of 'God' or 'no-Gods'. I'd think that listeners may have an internal conception of how the two approaches to belief sound through notes. Lots of variables here of course!
The bias on part of the subjects would be so great. I mean, Christians look at burnt toast and see Jesus. I listen to sacred music all the time, (Baroque and Classical compositions, not Christian rock :-), but don't get 'God' out of it.

J.S. Bach composed a lot of sacred music, but I wonder how 'inspired' he was when he created it. To me his music is incredibly creative and ear pleasing, but strikes me as passionless in the religious or spiritual sense.
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