Fucking Kill Yourself For God

Courtesy of Greg Graffin* comes a fine moral gospel tune you can raise your kids by:

Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-loving Jesus.
Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-following Jesus.

Oh, can’t you hear it, Brothers?
And don’t you want to go?
And leave this world of sorrow
And trouble here below.

The gospel train is coming
Oh, don’t you want to go?
And leave this world of sorrow
And trouble here below.

Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-loving Jesus.
Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-following Jesus.

Oh, can’t you hear it, Mother?
And don’t you want to go?
And leave this world of sorrow
And trouble here below.

The gospel train is coming
Oh, don’t you want to go?
And leave this world of sorrow
And trouble here below.

Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-loving Jesus.
Talk about suffering here below
And let’s keep a-following Jesus.

Oh, can’t you hear it, Father?
And don’t you want to go?
And leave this world of sorrow
And trouble here below

If Western society gets any closer to openly telling people they should kill themselves in order to join God then tell me how. This is a subject I often wonder about — what’s so different between “going to meet God” and a suicide attack? Does/should it make more sense if you go out without taking people with you? How many people would identify these as the writings of a fundamentalist madman if you exchange “God”, “Gospel,” etc for Allah and the equivalent without telling them? And if Christians really believe all that stuff they say then why are they against suicide in the first place? Is it because they just want to make sure people get baptized first? If Heaven is all it’s cracked up to be shouldn’t people be waiting in line for a chance to pop a vein and be with God?

btw what initially drew me to this track was the balls-out emotionality of the female backing vocalist, so I figured I’d be in remiss not to point that out.

Just for shits, here’s some doom metal — the only kind of metal more depressing than black(TM).

Like the first ray of light,
slumbers death in my mind.
It haunts me; takes control;

Steals the fear from my mind;
leaves my will far behind.
Insanity takes control.

Though your life seems untrue,
there’s so much left to do.
Death is so final.

Life gives more that you can get.
You must never forget
There’s always another day.

(via)

The vocals are initially harmonized by their higher-pitched backing vocalist. This song isn’t titled “My Final Hour On Earth” for no reason and I doubt it’s a coincidence that this guy’s voice fades from the mix as the lyrics gets progressively darker, but at least the fucking Doom Metal band seems conflicted about its own gloominess.

*unsurprisingly, this song seems to exist in many forms with slightly altered lyrics and I can’t pin down who actually wrote it

**And you know while we’re at it people keep sending me links to this woman and I’m too polite (if you can believe that) to tell them to stop. I guess they’re just stoked to see a woman doing punk covers but I don’t see the appeal. Stilted monotone “female acoustic singer-songwriter” vocal delivery and a guitar approach that leaves her singing against dead air in the places where there are supposed to be vocal harmonies. (Hint: harmonize with guitar instead.) Meh.

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1 comment
  1. slimove said:

    did i tell you that when i went to church with my mom last year people literally said (i am not making this up) that they couldn’t wait for the rapture?

    look, it’s all well and good to believe in something better in the afterlife. this world ain’t exactly 1000% awesome for most of us. but i think the problem comes when we focus exclusively on the afterlife and forget that hey, we get just one spin on this carousel, and it’s not exactly 1000% shitty for us all the time either. enjoy what you have while you have it.

    for me–and i hate to reduce this all to a throwaway line–this comes back to something i read somewhere, a fictional character (a viking?) maligning christianity as the religion of slaves. and there’s something to that–the focus on the next world, the idea that the meek shall inherit the earth, etc. and i think sometimes people forget that they’re living nice 1st world lives, not toiling in the desert or being fed to lions. it’s okay to enjoy the present world, dudes.

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