Songs Of Doubt:
'Dear God' by XTC
Keren Sivan

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Dear God
by XTC
from the LP "Skylarking"

Dear God, hope you got 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 on their feet
'Cause they don't get enough to eat from
          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
          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've 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 this 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 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'd 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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From: "Positive Atheism" <>
To: "Keren Sivan"
Subject: Re: Positive_Atheism_Letters_Section
Date: Friday, July 07, 2000 1:48 PM

Thanks for this!

We published "Dear God" in an earlier print edition [September, 1999] of Positive Atheism, as part of our ongoing theme of Songs Of Doubt, previously called Atheism In Music.

Since this song is almost impossible to format into lines and verses, and since I spent a lot of time formatting the print edition, I will format your letter according to the way I formatted the song in the print edition.

Cliff Walker
"Positive Atheism" Magazine

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